Earnings Previews: Farfetch, Gap, Workday

The three major U.S. equity indexes closed mixed Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrials dropped 0.47%, the S&P 500 lost 0.22% and the Nasdaq closed flat. Seven of 11 sectors ended the day with losses, led by real estate (1.5%) and health care (1.4%). Energy stocks added 3.6% to lead the gainers. Yield on the 10-year Treasury note stayed above 3%. The three major indexes were trading higher shortly after Wednesday’s opening bell.

After markets closed Tuesday, Nordstrom reported earnings per share (EPS) that beat estimates by a penny and revenue 12% higher than in the prior-year quarter. The company expects gross margins to come under pressure in the second half of the year as it cleans up its inventory. That led to lowered revenue guidance and the stock traded down by around 16% in Wednesday’s premarket.

Toll Brothers missed the consensus revenue estimate but beat on profits. Deliveries were below guidance for the quarter, and the company also lowered full-year guidance on deliveries. The company also said that it saw a “significant” decline in demand during the quarter, but that demand appears to have improved in recent weeks. Shares traded down about 2.8%.

Urban Outfitters missed the consensus profit estimate and barely topped expected revenue. Higher markdowns lowered gross profit by nearly 6%. Shares traded up about 1.2%.

After markets close Wednesday, Nvidia, Salesforce, Snowflake and Splunk will report quarterly results, while Abercrombie & Fitch, Coty, Dollar Tree and Peloton step into the earnings spotlight before markets open on Thursday.

In addition to three companies we already have previewed (Affirm, Dell and Marvell), here are three more companies scheduled to report results later on Thursday.


London-based Farfetch Ltd. (NYSE: FTCH) operates an e-commerce marketplace for luxury fashion goods in the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Over the past 12 months, Farfetch stock is down about 80%.

Shares traded up more than 18% Wednesday morning following an announcement by luxury goods giant Richemont that it is selling its stake in another online retailer, Yoox Net-a-Porter, to Farfetch for 50 million Farfetch shares in exchange for a 47.5% stake in Yoox. Richemont will retain a 49.3% stake in the company and write down €2.7 billion in non-cash losses on the deal. At last night’s closing price of $7.84 for Farfetch stock, the deal is valued at around $380 million. The deal is expected to close next year.

Despite its disappointing valuation, analysts remain quite bullish on Farfetch, with 14 of 22 having a Buy or Strong Buy rating. The other eight rate the stock at Hold. At a recent price of $7.84 per share, the upside based on a median price target of $18.35 is about 134%. At the high price target of $40.00, the upside potential is 410%.

Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2023 is forecast at $566.53 million. That would be up about 10% sequentially and by 8.3% year over year. Analysts are expecting an adjusted loss per share of $0.25, compared to the prior quarter’s loss of $0.24, and worse than the loss in the year-ago quarter of $0.17 per share. For the full fiscal year, current estimates call for an adjusted loss per share of $0.73, compared to last year’s loss of $0.55 per share, on sales of $2.49 billion, up 10.2%.

Farfetch is not expected to post a profit in 2023, 2024 or 2025. The deal for Yoox may change that. The stock’s 52-week trading range is $6.52 to $47.30. The company does not pay a dividend, and the total shareholder return for the past year was negative 80.8%.

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