Coach is Now Strong Sell - Analyst Blog


On Mar 8, 2014, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Coach, Inc. ( COH ), the maker of handbags, wallets, shoes and other accessories, to a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).

Why the Downgrade?

Estimates for Coach have shown a downtrend since the company reported second-quarter fiscal 2014 results. The company came up with disappointing sales that declined 6% to $1,419.6 million - after dipping 1% during the first quarter - due to sluggishness in the North American market and also fell short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,501 million.

Coach sells products that are largely discretionary in nature and thereby depend upon the consumers' disposable income. Consumers in turn are highly sensitive to the macroeconomic factors. Given the difficult consumer spending environment in the past couple of quarters, things have become a little difficult for Coach of late.

The bottom line also failed to impress investors, as quarterly earnings of $1.06 per share missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.11 and tumbled 13.8% from the prior-year quarter.

Fashion obsolescence remains a major concern for Coach's business model, which involves a sustained focus on product and design innovation. The company's pioneer position could be affected by delays in product launches. It is noteworthy that the company operates in the highly competitive premium handbag and accessories segment.

The softness in results triggered a downtrend in the Zacks Consensus Estimates, as analysts become less constructive on the stock's future performance. This is evident from the movement witnessed in the Zacks Consensus Estimate that fell 8.6% to $3.17 for fiscal 2014 and 9.4% to $3.45 per share for fiscal 2015 in the past 60 days.

Other Stocks that Warrant a Look

Other better-ranked retail stocks that look promising and are expected to continue with their upbeat performance include Hanesbrands Inc. ( HBI ) and Michael Kors Holdings Limited ( KORS ) both carrying a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), while G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. ( GIII ) sports a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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Referenced Stocks: COH , GIII , HBI , KORS

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