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Here's How Levi Strauss (LEVI) Looks Just Ahead of Q3 Earnings

Levi Strauss' (LEVI) third-quarter fiscal 2021 results might show gains from its solid omni-channel initiatives and brand strength.

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Levi Strauss & Co. LEVI is likely to register top- and bottom-line growth when it reports third-quarter fiscal 2021 results on Oct 6, after market close. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for quarterly earnings has increased a penny to 38 cents over the past 30 days, which suggests a significant increase from 8 cents earned in the year-earlier quarter.

The consensus estimate for quarterly revenues stands at $1,452 million, which indicates an improvement of about 37% from the year-ago quarter’s reported number.

The company delivered an earnings surprise of 92.4%, on average, over the trailing four quarters. In the last reported quarter, it came up with an earnings surprise of 155.6%.

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Key Factors to Note

Levi Strauss is benefiting from its robust omni-channel initiatives. The company has been strengthening its omni capabilities for a while now, which include Buy Online, Pick-up In Store, line-queuing, same-day delivery, mobile checkout and return capabilities consisting of contactless returns. Gains from e-commerce, direct-to-consumer and wholesale channels might have boosted the company’s top-line performance in the fiscal third quarter.

In addition, Levi Strauss is witnessing broad-based strength across its business as it continues to recover from the pandemic lows. The company has been elevating brands, investing in digital tools and capabilities, and pacing up efforts for some time now to diversify across geographies, product categories and distribution channels.

On its last earnings call on Jul 8, management projected growth of 28-29% in revenues from the year-ago reported figure for the second half of fiscal 2021. This, in turn, implies revenue growth of 4-5% from the second-half fiscal 2019 tally including currency benefits of two points. For the Americas, management expected second-half reported revenues to grow in mid-single digits from the fiscal 2019 levels. For Europe, it predicted a high-single to low-double digit increase. For Asia, it forecast revenues for the second half to remain below the fiscal 2019 levels due to the pandemic adversities despite sturdy growth in China.

For the second half of fiscal 2021, management had then envisioned a gross margin of mid-56%, which suggests an expansion of about 300 basis points from the second-half 2019 number. With respect to adjusted SG&A, the company had anticipated a $100-million jump for the second half from the same-period figure in 2019. The company has also increased its advertising investments. Nonetheless, management had assumed adjusted earnings for the second half to be 72-76 cents per share. Second-half bottom-line expectation indicates growth of above 26% from the fiscal 2019 levels.

What the Zacks Model Unveils

Our proven model predicts an earnings beat for Levi Strauss 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. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.

Levi Strauss & Co. Price and EPS Surprise

Levi Strauss & Co. Price and EPS Surprise

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Levi Strauss has an Earnings ESP of +5.82% and a Zacks Rank #2, currently.

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