Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Earnings Preview

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Investors never know what to expect for Jos. A. Bank Clothiers (NAS: JOSB) , as it has wavered between topping and missing analysts estimates during the past fiscal year. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Monday. Jos. A. Bank Clothiers is a designer, retailer, and direct marketer of men's tailored and casual clothing and accessories.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts think investors should stand pat on Jos. A. Bank Clothiers with four of seven analysts rating it hold. Analysts don't like Jos. A. Bank Clothiers as much as competitor Men's Wearhouse overall. Five out of six analysts rate Men's Wearhouse a buy compared to three of seven for Jos. A. Bank Clothiers. Analysts still rate the stock a hold, but they are a bit more wary about it compared to three months ago.
  • Revenue forecasts: On average, analysts predict $209.7 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 11.3% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street earnings expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.68 per share. Estimates range from $0.66 to $0.71.

What our community says:
CAPS All-Stars are solidly backing the stock with 93.9% granting it an outperform rating. The community at large agrees with the All-Stars with 88.3% assigning it a rating of outperform. Fools are bullish on Jos. A. Bank Clothiers and haven't been shy with their opinions lately, logging 249 posts in the past 30 days. Despite the majority sentiment in favor of Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, the stock has a middling CAPS rating of three out of five stars.

Management:
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers' profit has risen year over year by an average of 16.7% over the past five quarters. Revenue has now gone up for three straight quarters.

Now let's look at how efficient management is at running the business. Traditionally, margins represent the efficiency with which companies capture portions of sales dollars. The following table shows gross, operating, and net margins over the past four quarters.

Quarter

Q1

Q4

Q3

Q2

Gross Margin

64.8%

61.3%

64.0%

62.8%

Operating Margin

15.0%

21.3%

11.8%

14.5%

Net Margin

9.2%

12.9%

7.3%

8.7%

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