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Will Cost Woes Hurt B&G Foods (BGS) This Earnings Season?

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B&G Foods, Inc. BGS is scheduled to release second-quarter 2019 results on Aug 1. The company’s earnings lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the trailing four quarters, by an average of 15.3%.

Let’s see how things are placed for this frozen foods manufacturer ahead of the upcoming quarterly results.

What to Expect?

The Zacks Consensus Estimate has been stable in the past 30 days at 35 cents, which indicates 7.9% decline from the year-ago quarter’s reported figure.

Further, the consensus mark for revenues is pegged at $372.3 million, suggesting a decline of almost 4.1% from the year-ago quarter’s figure.

B&G Foods, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

 

B&G Foods, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

B&G Foods, Inc. price-consensus-eps-surprise-chart | B&G Foods, Inc. Quote

 

Factors Impacting Results

High input costs have been making matters worse for B&G Foods. The company is experiencing higher costs stemming from increased freight, warehouse and procurement expenses. The company expects rising costs to remain a headwind in 2019. This is likely to exert pressure on the bottom line in the quarter to be reported.

Apart from this, Pirate Brands’ divestiture has been weighing on the top line, as witnessed in the first quarter. Moreover, adverse impacts from inventory-reduction initiatives and unfavorable mix are likely to persist.

While these headwinds are likely impair the company’s second-quarter performance, gains from acquisitions and pricing strategies are expected to offer some cushion. In fact, the buyout of Green Giant is likely to drive top line, as being witnessed in the past few quarters. Also, efficient pricing strategy is expected to be a tailwind for B&G Foods in the quarter under review.

What the Zacks Model Unveils

Our proven model does not suggest that B&G Foods is likely to beat bottom-line estimates this quarter.  For this to happen, a stock needs to have a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold).  You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Although B&G Foods carries a Zacks Rank #3, its Earnings ESP of 0.00% makes surprise prediction difficult. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.

Stocks Poised to Beat Earnings Estimates

Here are a few companies you may want to consider as our model shows that they have the right combination of elements to beat earnings.

Church & Dwight CHD has an Earnings ESP of +1.22% and a Zacks Rank #2.

Estee Lauder EL has an Earnings ESP of +7.80% and a Zacks Rank #2.

Altria MO has an Earnings ESP of +0.91% and a Zacks Rank #3.

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