Skechers U.S.A., Inc. (SKX - Free Report) is slated to release fourth-quarter 2019 results on Feb 6. This renowned footwear designer, marketer and distributor reported a negative earnings surprise of 2.9% in the last reported quarter. However, the company boasts a trailing four-quarter positive earnings surprise of 20.4%, on average.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fourth-quarter earnings stands at 39 cents, indicating an improvement of 25.8% from the year-ago quarter. We also note that the Zacks Consensus Estimate has remained unchanged in the past 30 days. The consensus estimate for revenues is pegged at $1,247.6 million, suggesting growth of 15.4% from the year-ago reported figure.
We note that total revenues of this California-based company improved 15.1% in the last reported quarter, while earnings grew 15.5%. In the last earnings call, Skechers guided fourth-quarter 2019 earnings per share in the range of 35-40 cents and net sales in the band of $1.225-$1.250 billion.
Factors at Play
Skechers’ enhanced focus on new lines of products, cost-containment efforts, inventory management and global distribution platform are likely to show on fourth-quarter performance. Further, the company's domestic e-commerce business has been contributing to the company’s top line. The company operates e-commerce sites in Chile, Germany, U.K., Spain and Canada.
Certainly, Skechers’ international and direct-to-consumer businesses are primary catalysts. Europe and China are key markets for the company outside the United States. The company’s efforts to expand global reach in the footwear market through its distribution networks, subsidiaries and JVs are likely to have aided net sales in the quarter. In this regard, the joint venture in Mexico with its distribution partner is paying off well.
Amid the aforementioned tailwinds, concerns related to higher general & administrative expenses, unfavorably currency fluctuations and stiff competition cannot be ignored.
What the Zacks Model Unveils
Our proven model does not conclusively predict an earnings beat for Skechers this time around. The combination of a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the odds of an earnings beat. But that’s not the case here.
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