Earnings preview: Tiffany might not shine in Q2

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Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) is scheduled to report second quarter 2019 earnings results on Wednesday, August 28, before the opening bell. The consensus estimate is for earnings of $1.05 per share on revenue of $1.06 billion.

Tiffany has been struggling with declining sales across all its geographical regions. Comparable store sales have also dropped, pulled down by decreases in all its markets. The results have been impacted by lower worldwide spending attributed to foreign tourists, and foreign exchange headwinds. These challenges are likely to continue in the second quarter putting pressure on both the top and bottom line numbers.  

Tiffany reports first quarter 2019 earnings results

There are speculations that the Hong Kong protests could
impact tourism and this in turn could take a toll on Tiffany’s sales. The
ongoing trade war, the resultant tariffs and the economic headwinds in China might
also dampen the topline results.

Tiffany recently launched its men’s jewelry and lifestyle line in order to expand its product offerings and tap into an entirely new customer base. Earlier this month, the company announced its plans to open new stores in India through a joint venture with Reliance Brands Limited. Updates on these efforts will be interesting to watch.

Also see: Tiffany Q1 2019 Earnings Conference Call Transcript

In the first quarter of 2019, Tiffany reported
better-than-expected earnings while revenues missed estimates. Net sales fell
3% to $1 billion while EPS dropped 10% to $1.03. Comparable sales decreased 2%.
The company saw declines in both net sales and comp sales across all its
geographical regions last quarter.

For fiscal 2019,
the management expects worldwide net sales to increase by a low-single-digit
percentage from last year, reflecting an increase of the same degree in
comparable sales. Earnings, on a per share basis, are forecast to grow by a
low-to-mid-single-digit percentage. 

Tiffany’s shares have gained 7% year-to-date. The stock has an average price target of $103.30.

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