Caesars Entertainment Corporation (CZR - Free Report) is scheduled to report first-quarter 2020 results on May 11, after market close. In the last-reported quarter, the company delivered a negative earnings surprise of 333.3%.
How Are Estimates Placed?
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for first-quarter bottom line is pegged at a loss of 17 cents per share, suggesting an improvement from the loss of 32 cents recorded in the year-ago quarter. For revenues, the consensus mark is pegged at $1,992 million, indicating a decline of 5.8% from the year-ago figure.
Let's take a look at how things have shaped up in the quarter.
Caesars Entertainment Corporation Price and EPS Surprise
Factors at Play
The coronavirus pandemic is expected to have materially affected Caesars Entertainment’s performance in the first quarter. The shutdown of properties in March and reduced traffic due to cancellation of domestic trips are likely to get reflected on the top-line results. Also increased costs in sports betting and marketing initiatives are likely to have weighed on margins in the to-be-reported quarter.
Robust Las Vegas gaming volume prior to the coronavirus crisis in the United States is likely to have boosted the company’s top line. Moreover, strategies like geographic expansion, opening of new sportsbooks, installing of table games and focusing on cost-saving initiatives are likely to get reflected in the first-quarter results. Also, the opening of Caesars Forum Convention Center in March along with a strong NFL partnership is likely to have benefited the company in the to-be-reported quarter.
What the Zacks Model Unveils
Our proven model does not conclusively predict an earnings beat for Caesars Entertainment this time around. A stock needs to have a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) to beat estimates. That is not the case here.
Earnings ESP: Caesars Entertainment has an Earnings ESP of -136.36%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.
Zacks Rank: The company has a Zacks Rank #3. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
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