Diamond jewelry retailer Signet Jewelers (SIG) is set to report its earnings for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 on Thursday before the bell. An increase in comparable sales, the addition of James Allen, Forex benefits, and strong e-commerce sales could benefit the company’s results. However, the bottom line is likely to be hurt by higher costs and expenses.
Analysts, on average, expect Signet to post a loss of $1.08 per share on revenue of $1.16 billion for the third quarter. In comparison, during the previous year quarter, the company reported a loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $1.16 billion. Majority of the analysts recommended a “hold” rating on the stock with an average price target of $64.13.
The company’s top line is expected to be benefited by an increase in comparable sales, the addition of James Allen, foreign exchange benefits, and higher e-commerce sales growth across all segments. The product assortment revamps and associated clearance sales could be the driving factor in same-store sales.
The strength in bridal and fashion sales is likely to drive same-store sales growth in North America while international same-store sales would be hurt by a decline in diamond jewelry and fashion watches.
For the second quarter, the company reported a narrower loss driven by a 1.5% rise in sales. Same-store sales improved 1.7% and e-commerce sales, including James Allen, climbed 82.8%. The company incurred a loss on the sale of non-prime receivables and a charge related to the Path to Brilliance transformation plan and associated tax benefits.
For the third quarter, the company has expected total sales in the range of $1.15 billion to $1.17 billion and same-store sales in the range of down 1.5% to flat. The loss is anticipated to be in the range of $0.70 to $0.81 per share on a GAAP basis and $1.08 to $1.23 per share on an adjusted basis.
For the full year 2019, Signet has predicted total sales in the range of $6.2 billion to $6.3 billion and same-store sales in the range of down 1.5% to flat. The loss was projected to be in the range of $7.09 to $7.47 per share and adjusted earnings were anticipated to be $4.05 to $4.40 per share.
Shares of Signet ended Tuesday’s regular session down 5.67% at $50.03 on the NYSE. The stock has fallen over 11% in the year so far and over 20% in the past three months.
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