Fomento Economico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. FMX or FEMSA is slated to report second-quarter 2020 results on Jul 24. The company significantly beat earnings estimates in the last reported quarter. It reported earnings per share of $1.29 against the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 5 cents.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the company’s second-quarter earnings of $1.61 has been unchanged over the past 30 days. The estimate suggests 96.3% growth from the year-ago quarter’s reported figure. For second-quarter revenues, the consensus mark is pegged at $5.73 billion, suggesting a 14.6% decline from the prior-year quarter’s reported figure.
Factors at Play
The coronavirus outbreak began hurting FEMSA’s performance in late March. While most of the company’s operations are deemed as essential, with drugstores and fuel services being operational, the effects of the restrictions are likely to have resulted in reduced traffic trends in the second quarter. FEMSA did gain from the initial pantry loading trend in March but this represented a smaller portion of its total revenues and the trend has deteriorated in April.
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Notably, FEMSA Comercio’s Fuel Division is the most exposed one to the current coronavirus situation due to reduced mobility and social distancing. The effects of these were visible on the segment’s results as impacts began to show toward the end of the first quarter, which is likely to have continued in the second quarter as well. Apart from lower revenues, the segment is likely to have witnessed soft margins due to increased operating expenses related to higher wages and improved compensation structure for in-station personnel, aimed at reducing turnover in a tight labor market. Further, maintenance and remodeling expenses related to the transition into the new OXXO gas brand remain incremental costs, which will increase operating expenses.
While its Coca-Cola FEMSA business has been leveraging its large off-premise customers and flexible commercial platforms, the effects of a negative mix and increasing complexities to connect with physical customers are likely to have hurt performance in the second quarter.
Apart from making necessary adjustments to all business units to protect customers and employees, the company adopted aggressive cost-reduction and efficiency measures, citing the uncertain nature of the pandemic, which should have cushioned margins to some extent in the second quarter.
Moreover, FEMSA has been focused on offering customers more options to make more contactless purchases by intensifying digital and technology-driven initiatives across operations. Its Coca-Cola FEMSA division has been leading the way with its omni-channel business, while FEMSA Comercio has been progressing with the adoption of digital initiatives, which is likely to have supported the top line in the second quarter. Within its OXXO store chains, the company has begun investing in digital, loyalty programs and fintech platforms to boost the top line.
What the Zacks Model Unveils
Our proven model does not conclusively predict earnings beat for FEMSA this time around. The combination of a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the odds of an earnings beat. But that’s not the case here. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.
FEMSA carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) and Earnings ESP of 0.00%.
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