Buffalo Wild Wings Earnings Preview

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While Buffalo Wild Wings (NAS: BWLD) missed estimates last quarter, investors hope that it will bounce back and outpace Wall Street expectations this quarter. The company will unveil its latest earnings Wednesday. Buffalo Wild Wings is an owner, operator, and franchiser of restaurants.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts strongly back Buffalo Wild Wings, with 10 of 17 rating it a buy and the remainder rating it a hold. Analysts like Buffalo Wild Wings better than competitor BJ's Restaurants overall. Wall Street has warmed to the stock over the past three months, with analysts increasing their endorsement from hold to moderate buy.
  • Revenue Forecasts: On average, analysts predict $190.3 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 25.7% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.58 per share. Estimates range from $0.51 to $0.66.

What our community says:
CAPS All-Stars are solidly behind the stock with 96.6% assigning it an "outperform" rating. The community at large backs the All-Stars with 93.6% giving it a rating of "outperform." Fools are bullish on Buffalo Wild Wings and haven't been shy with their opinions lately, logging 1,612 posts in the past 30 days. Even with a robust four out of five stars, Buffalo Wild Wings' CAPS rating falls a little short of the community's upbeat outlook.

Management:
Buffalo Wild Wings' profit has risen year over year by an average of 25.7% over the past five 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

Q2

Q1

Q4

Q3

Gross Margin

27.9%

28.7%

26.7%

25.9%

Operating Margin

8.7%

12.1%

8.9%

7.9%

Net Margin

5.8%

8.2%

6.2%

5.6%

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