Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research where Associate Stock Strategist Ben Rains dives into everything investors need to know about Lululemon LULU stock before the company reports its Q2 earnings results on Thursday. The yoga and athleisure retailer looks impressive as it expands its business to further challenge everyone from Nike NKE to Adidas ADDYY.
Overall, the second quarter earnings season has been a mixed bag for retailers. Department stores such as Nordstrom JWN and Macy’s M have failed to inspire much investor confidence. Meanwhile, Walmart WMT and Target TGT continued to show they can thrive in the Amazon AMZN age.
Moving on, Lululemon’s rise helped push the rest of the industry from Nike to Gap GPS and L Brands’ LB Victoria’s Secret to all roll out more yoga-focused and athleisure offerings. On top of that, the Vancouver, Canada-based company has expanded its menswear unit, introduced self-care products, and rolled out more outwear to better compete with the likes of Canada Goose GOOS and The North Face VFC.
Going forward, Lululemon plans to extend its international push as it tries to expand beyond North America and Australia/New Zealand deeper into Asia and Europe. LULU is also currently testing a membership program and opened a massive new “experiential” store in Chicago. Furthermore, Lululemon has bolstered its e-commerce and digital business.
Looking ahead, our current Zacks Consensus Estimates call for the firm’s Q2 revenue and earnings to climb 16.7% and 25.4%, respectively. This would represent a slowdown from the first quarter’s expansion, but still looks strong historically speaking.
Despite its strong 2019, LULU stock rests roughly 7% below its 52-week highs and is a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) at the moment. Lululemon is scheduled to release its Q2 fiscal 2019 financial results after the closing bell on Thursday, September 5. So, make sure to come back to Zacks for a full break down then.
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