Earnings Previews: Barrick Gold, Kraft Heinz, Shopify

We are about halfway through this earnings season, and growth stocks have seen a couple of pretty consistent analyst moves. First, guidance trumps results. Specifically, lowered guidance outweighs results that beat expectations.

Second, analysts are lowering price targets on growth stocks while maintaining their ratings. Not too surprising given the hammering that these stocks have taken so far this year.

We already have previewed three stocks that report results before Tuesday’s opening bell: Continental Resources, Marriott International and Restaurant Brands. Moreover, we have previewed earnings for four companies reporting results Tuesday afternoon: Airbnb, Devon Energy, SolarEdge and ViacomCBS.

Here is a look at four firms scheduled to report results first thing Wednesday morning.

Barrick Gold

Over the past 12 months, the price of gold has increased by about 3.5%. Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: GOLD) has seen its share price decline by about 2.3% over the same period. The current geopolitical tensions have pushed gold futures near their November high, but still well off the 12-month high of around $1,900 an ounce. Since mid-December, Barrick’s stock price has risen by nearly 18%.

Combined with inflation fears, it seems that the price of gold should be higher. Is cryptocurrency really threatening the yellow metal’s safe-haven role? Hard to say, but over the past 12 months, the Coinbase bitcoin to U.S. dollar index has declined by about 11.4%.

Analysts remain bullish on Barrick stock, with 20 of 25 brokerages giving the shares a Buy or Strong Buy rating while the rest have a Hold rating. At a recent price of around $20.80 a share, the upside potential based on a median price target of $26 is about 25%. At the high price target of $30, the upside potential is 44.2%.

Fourth-quarter revenue is forecast at $3.2 billion, which would be up 12.1% sequentially but down about 2.4% year over year. Adjusted earnings per share (EPS) are forecast at $0.30, up 23.6% sequentially and down 14.3% year over year. For the full 2021 fiscal year, estimates call for EPS of $1.11, down 3.4%, on sales of $11.91 billion, down 5.4%.

Barrick stock trades at 18.8 times expected 2021 earnings, 19.7 times estimated 2022 earnings of $1.56 and 8.2 times estimated 2023 earnings of $1.15 per share. The stock’s 52-week range is $17.27 to $25.37. Barrick pays an annual dividend of $0.36 (yield of 3.74%). Total shareholder return for the past year was negative 2.2%.

Kraft Heinz

Kraft Heinz Co. (NASDAQ: KHC) has added just 1% to its share price over the past 12 months. But share price growth is not what keeps Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway as the company’s biggest shareholder with more than 26% of the outstanding shares. It is the rich dividend that produced more than $1 billion in revenue for Buffett/Berkshire in the past 12 months. Buffett is unlikely to give up much of his position, even if the company has to pare its dividend to pay its rising costs.

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