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L Brands's Earnings Outlook

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On Wednesday, February 24, L Brands (NYSE:LB) will release its latest earnings report. Benzinga's outlook for L Brands is included in the following report.

Net Income, Earnings, And Earnings Per Share

Earnings and especially earnings per share (EPS) are useful measures of a company's profitability. Total earnings, which is also referred to as net income, equals total revenue minus total expenses. EPS equals to net income divided by the number of shares outstanding.

Earnings And Revenue

Wall Street analysts see L Brands reporting earnings of $2.89 per share on revenue of $4.86 billion. L Brands reported a per-share profit of $1.88 when it published results during the same quarter last year. Sales in that period totaled $4.71 billion.

Why Analyst Estimates And Earnings Surprises Are Important

Analysts who cover this company will publish forward-looking estimates of its revenue and EPS each quarter. Averaging together every EPS and revenue prediction that each analyst makes about a company in a quarter yields the "consensus estimates." A company posting earnings or revenue above or below the consensus estimate is known as an "earnings surprise" and may move the stock by a considerable margin.

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The Wall Street consensus estimate for earnings would represent a 53.72% increase for the company. Sales would be up 3.25% on a year-over-year basis. Here is how the company's EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:

EPS Estimate

0.09

-0.42

-0.66

1.83

EPS Actual

1.13

0.25

-0.99

1.88

Revenue Estimate

2.67 B

2.21 B

1.82 B

4.66 B

Revenue Actual

3.06 B

2.32 B

1.65 B

4.71 B

Stock Performance

Shares of L Brands were trading at $50.67 as of February 22. Over the last 52-week period, shares are up 118.0%. Given that these returns are generally positive, long-term shareholders should be content going into this earnings release.

Do not be surprised to see the stock move on comments made during its conference call. L Brands is scheduled to hold the call at 09:00:00 ET and can be accessed here.

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