Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Earnings Preview

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store  (NAS: CBRL) beat estimates by $0.09 last quarter, and investors are hoping it can beat them again. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store operates and develops the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant and retail concept. The company operates more than 500 full-service restaurants and gift shops in 41 states.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts are bullish on Cracker Barrel Old Country Store as three analysts rate it as a buy and only one analyst rates it as a sell. Analysts like Cracker Barrel Old Country Store better than competitor Bob Evans Farms overall. While analysts still rate the stock a hold, they are a little more optimistic about it compared to three months ago.
  • Revenue forecasts: On average, analysts predict $602.2 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 0.6% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street earnings expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.97 per share. Estimates range from $0.80 to $1.08.

What our community says:
CAPS All-Stars are solidly behind the stock with 93.4% awarding it an outperform rating. The community at large agrees with the All-Stars with 85.4% giving it a rating of outperform. Fools are keen on Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, though the message boards have been quiet lately with only 97 posts in the past 30 days. Though still bullish, the CAPS rating of four out of five stars for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is a bit more pessimistic than the community assessment.

Management:
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store's profit has risen year over year by an average of 3.5% 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

Q4

Q3

Q2

Q1

Gross Margin

68.4%

69.1%

65.7%

70.0%

Operating Margin

6.2%

5.4%

8.2%

7.6%

Net Margin

2.9%

2.6%

4.5%

4.0%

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