Iconix Issues Soft Preliminary Numbers for Q3, Stock Falls

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Shares of Iconix Brand Group Inc. ICON fell 8.8% in yesterday's trading session, as investors were dismayed by the company's soft preliminary third-quarter 2017 results.

However, figures are yet to be reviewed and finalized by the company. Iconix expects filing third-quarter results in the upcoming days, post completion of impairment testing.

Let's take a look into the current projections issued by the company.

Third Quarter Preliminary Results

Iconix expects licensing revenues for the quarter at approximately $53.2 million, down 12% from the prior-year quarter. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter is currently pegged in-line with management expectations.

The company expects selling, general and administration expenses to decline 28% to reach $21.5 million during the quarter. However, following the impairment testing of intangible assets and goodwill, the company expects charges worth $500-750 million associated with the women's segment.   

Considering all factors, the company expects adjusted earnings of 24 cents per share during quarter, improving 33% from the prior-year quarter's earnings of 18 cents. However, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter is currently pegged lower at 8 cents.

Iconix Brand Group, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Iconix Brand Group, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise | Iconix Brand Group, Inc. Quote

On a GAAP basis, the company expects a loss of 10 cents from continuing operations for the third quarter.

Factors Likely to Impact Third Quarter

Iconix has been struggling with men's and women's segments for a while, thanks to tough retail market conditions. This trend is likely to continue and hurt quarterly performance.

Additionally, the company's performance is likely to be weighed down by debt. Iconix has a huge debt burden and resorting to various initiatives to reduce the same. To this end, the company has already divested non-core brands such as Sharper Image, Peanuts Worldwide LLC and Strawberry Shortcake.

Owing to such headwinds, shares of the company have lost 74.8% in the past six months against the industry 's gain of 13.8%.

However, we believe this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company's strategic partnerships and consistent efforts toward international expansion will improve performance in the long run.

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Ralph Lauren came up with an average positive earnings surprise of 11.6% in the trailing four quarters. It has a long-term earnings growth rate of 15%.

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Michael Kors delivered an average positive earnings surprise of 23.7% in the trailing four quarters. It has a long-term earnings growth rate of 7.5%.

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Referenced Symbols: DECK , ICON , RL , KORS

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