O'Charley's Earnings Preview

O'Charley's (NAS: CHUX) hasn't been able to establish an earnings trend, bouncing between beating and falling short of estimates during the past fiscal year. The company will unveil its latest earnings Tuesday, Feb. 7. O'Charley's is a casual-dining restaurant company that owns and operates three restaurant concepts under the O'Charley's, Ninety Nine, and Stoney River Legendary Steaks trade names.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts strongly back O'Charley's, with two of three rating it a buy and the remainder rating it a hold. Analysts don't like O'Charley's as much as competitor Luby's overall. Analysts still rate the stock a moderate buy, but they are a bit more wary about it compared to three months ago.

  • Revenue forecasts: On average, analysts predict $181 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a decline of 1.3% from the year-ago quarter.

  • Wall Street earnings expectations: The average analyst estimate is a loss of $0.22 per share. Estimates range from a loss of $0.27 to a loss of $0.18.

What our community says:
The majority of CAPS All-Stars consider CHUX a good bet, as 58.1% award it an "outperform" rating. The community is of two minds on the stock with 47.6% assigning it an "outperform" rating and 52.4% an "underperform" rating. The message boards have been quiet lately with only 53 posts in the past 30 days. O'Charley's' bearish CAPS rating of one out of five stars falls short of the Fool community sentiment.

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