Factors Likely to Hurt Under Armour's (UAA) Q3 Earnings

Under Armour, Inc.UAA is scheduled to report third-quarter 2017 results on Oct 31, before the opening bell.

The question lingering in investors' minds is whether this marketer and distributor of apparel, footwear and accessories will be able to deliver a positive earnings surprise in the to-be-reported quarter. In the trailing four quarters, the company's earnings have outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate with an average of 33.3%. Let's see how things are shaping up for this announcement.

What to Expect?

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter is pegged at 19 cents down from 29 cents reported in the year-ago period. Notably, the estimates have witnessed downward revisions in the last 30 days. Analysts polled by Zacks expect revenues of $1,490 million for the said quarter, up about 1.2% from the year-ago quarter.

Factors at Play

We believe the third-quarter results are likely to be impacted by moderation in North American business. Further, Under Armour has been grappling with higher interest expense as a result of increased debt level. In second-quarter 2017, the company's interest expenses increased to nearly $8 million in comparison with $6 million in the prior-year quarter. Further, it anticipates interest expenses to rise to roughly $40 million in 2017 from $26.4 million in 2016.

Gross margin, which has been witnessing a sharp decline over the past few quarters, is anticipated to decline by a minimum of 120 basis points in comparison with 46.4% reported in 2016. This can be attributed to foreign currency headwinds, restructuring plan and its efforts toward managing inventory. The decline is likely to persist in the third quarter too.

These factors have been well reflected in the company's stock price performance. Evidently, Under Armour's shares have plunged over 42% year to date against the industry 's gain of 2.4%.

However, Under Armour's sustained focus on brand development, expansion of direct-to-consumer and technology-based fitness businesses look encouraging.

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What Does the Zacks Model Unveil?

Our proven model does not conclusively show earnings beat for Under Armour this quarter. This is because a stock needs to have both a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) and a positive Earnings ESP for this to happen. You may uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they're reported with our Earnings ESP Filter .

Under Armour has an Earnings ESP of +2.13%. However, the company carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). We caution against stocks with a Zacks Rank #4 or 5 (Sell-rated stocks) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions.

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Big Lots, Inc. BIG has an Earnings ESP of + 15.39% and a Zacks Rank #2.

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