Thor (THO) to Report Q2 Earnings: What's in the Offing?

Thor Industries, Inc.THO is scheduled to report fiscal second-quarter 2019 results on Mar 6, 2019. In the las t report ed quarter, the company's earnings came in at $1.28 per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.52 by 15.8%.

Total revenues of $1,756 million also missed the consensus estimate by 6.1%. Additionally, the stock lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate on earnings in three of the trailing four quarters, resulting in average negative surprise of 7.1%.

The company's fiscal first-quarter adjusted earnings decreased from $2.43 per share recorded a year ago. The top line also slumped 21.3% year over year, mainly due to lower revenues across its segments, given softness in demand.

How Are Estimates Faring?

Let's take a look at the estimate revision trend in order to get a clear picture of what analysts are thinking about the company prior to the earnings release.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter to be reported has declined 4.3% over the past 30 days to 88 cents per share. Also, this reflects a decrease of 54.2% from the year-ago earnings of $1.92 per share. Revenues are expected to be $1.48 billion, down 24.9% year over year.

Thor Industries, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise

Thor Industries, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise | Thor Industries, Inc. Quote

Factors at Play

Softness in demand and lower margins are expected to significantly impact the company's top and bottom lines in the fiscal second quarter.

Thor has been experiencing softness in demand across segments. Lower shipments and increase in overall net price per unit, due to changes in product mix and price, added to the woes.

At the end of the fiscal first quarter, Thor's RV backlog decreased 50.9% from the prior-year period. During the fiscal first quarter, deliveries of total RV shipments declined 26.7% from the prior-year level. The downside was attributable to higher overall net price per unit due to changes in product mix and price.

Meanwhile, Thor has been witnessing higher raw material, labor, freight and warranty costs over the last few quarters. Its margins are also declining significantly due to the above-mentioned factors.

During the fiscal first quarter, gross margins of 11.8% contracted 310 basis points, primarily as a result of increased material cost due to higher discounting levels and warranty costs. The recent implementation of tariffs on various commodities and components, which are relevant to Thor's products, has negatively impacted the margins of the company. Due to these tariffs, some domestic suppliers have also raised the prices of many commodities.

Continuous freight and labor cost pressure are causes of concern for Thor, which shares space with Skyline Champion Corp. SKY , Winnebago Industries, Inc. WGO and Cavco Industries, Inc. CVCO in the Zacks Building Products - Mobile Homes And RV Builders industry.

What the Zacks Model Says

Our proven model shows that Thor is likely to beat estimates in the to-be-reported quarter. This is because a stock needs to have both a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) for this to happen. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .

Earnings ESP: Earnings ESP, which represents the difference between the Most Accurate Estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate, is +2.27%. You may uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they're reported with our Earnings ESP Filter .

Zacks Rank : It currently carries a Zacks Rank #3.

Meanwhile, we caution against stocks with a Zacks Rank #4 and 5 (Sell rated) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions.

Zacks' Top 10 Stocks for 2019

In addition to the stocks discussed above, wouldn't you like to know about our 10 finest buy-and-holds for the year?

From more than 4,000 companies covered by the Zacks Rank, these 10 were picked by a process that consistently beats the market. Even during 2018 while the market dropped -5.2%, our Top 10s were up well into double-digits. And during bullish 2012 - 2017, they soared far above the market's +126.3%, reaching +181.9%.

This year, the portfolio features a player that thrives on volatility, an AI comer, and a dynamic tech company that helps doctors deliver better patient outcomes at lower costs.

See Stocks Today >>

Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report

Cavco Industries, Inc. (CVCO): Free Stock Analysis Report

Winnebago Industries, Inc. (WGO): Free Stock Analysis Report

Thor Industries, Inc. (THO): Free Stock Analysis Report

Skyline Corporation (SKY): Free Stock Analysis Report

To read this article on click here.

Zacks Investment Research

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

In This Story


Other Topics

Earnings Stocks

Latest Markets Videos


    Zacks is the leading investment research firm focusing on stock research, analysis and recommendations. In 1978, our founder discovered the power of earnings estimate revisions to enable profitable investment decisions. Today, that discovery is still the heart of the Zacks Rank. A wealth of resources for individual investors is available at

    Learn More