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Here's How Hibbett (HIBB) Looks Just Ahead of Q4 Earnings

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Hibbett Sports, Inc. (HIBB - Free Report) is slated to release fourth-quarter fiscal 2020 results on Mar 20, before market open.

Notably, the company delivered a positive earnings surprise of 153.9% in the last reported quarter. Moreover, its bottom line outpaced estimates by 57.2%, on average, over the trailing four quarters.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal fourth-quarter earnings is pegged at 62 cents, which suggests an increase of 8.8% from the year-ago period’s reported figure. The consensus estimate has been unchanged in the past 30 days. Moreover, the consensus mark for sales is pegged at $299 million, indicating a decline of 2.3% from the year-ago reported figure.

Hibbett Sports, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise


Hibbett Sports, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise

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Key Factors to Note

Hibbett’s fiscal fourth-quarter sales are expected to reflect gains from solid omni-channel initiatives, including store rationalization, e-commerce and loyalty program. Notably, its focus on increasing customer base through e-commerce and selective store expansion has been supporting its strong position in the industry.

The company has enhanced omni-channel experience for customers, with six ways to shop. These include shopping at physical stores, traditional e-commerce with home delivery, buy online and pick up in store, reserve online and pick up in store, same-day delivery, and using app to win the right to purchase coveted launch shoes. Gains from these endeavors are likely to get reflected in the company’s top-line results for the to-be-reported quarter.

In addition, Hibbett’s comparable store sales (comps) are expected to gain from the aforementioned efforts. Strong brick-and-mortar and e-commerce businesses have been the key contributors to comps growth over the past few quarters. Innovative launches in categories like footwear, activewear and accessories have also been growth drivers.
However, Hibbett has been witnessing higher SG&A expenses for a while now. In the last earnings call, management predicted the addition of expenses related to the City Gear acquisition to deleverage SG&A expenses, on a GAAP basis, in fiscal 2020. The company expects the SG&A expense rate to increase 60-80 bps in fiscal 2020 compared with 50-70 bps rise mentioned earlier. This is also likely to have increased SG&A expenses in the fiscal fourth quarter.

Zacks Model

Our proven model does not conclusively predict an earnings beat for Hibbett this season. 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. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.

Although Hibbett carries a Zacks Rank #3, its Earnings ESP of 0.00% makes surprise prediction difficult.

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