Earnings Previews: Albertsons, CarMax, Tilray

Shortly after Thursday’s opening bell, the Dow was trading down 0.13%, the S&P 500 down 0.37% and the Nasdaq Composite 0.74% lower.

Before U.S. markets opened on Thursday, Levi Strauss beat the consensus earnings per share (EPS) estimate by a penny and the revenue estimate by 4.4%. The apparel maker also reaffirmed fiscal-year guidance near the low end of its previous range. A dip of 360 basis points in gross margin, however, gave investors pause. Shares traded down 11.5% early Thursday.

Constellation Brands beat estimates on both the top and bottom lines Thursday morning. It issued in-line guidance for its 2024 fiscal year and raised its dividend payment by 11%. Shares traded 1.4% higher early Thursday.

Lamb Weston also beat top-line and bottom-line estimates. The frozen potato products giant also raised fiscal 2023 EPS and revenue guidance. CEO Tom Werner said that the company expects its momentum to continue in the current (fourth) quarter and to “provide a solid foundation for fiscal 2024.” Shares traded up 3.5% Thursday morning.

U.S. markets are closed Friday, and no notable earnings reports will be released until Monday afternoon. There are also two reports due out before Tuesday’s opening bell.


In mid-October, Albertsons Companies Inc. (NYSE: ACI) and Kroger announced that the two companies would merge after Kroger acquired all the outstanding shares of Albertsons stock and Albertson’s paid a special dividend of some $4 billion to shareholders. Following a court ruling allowing the special dividend, Albertsons’ shareholders paid the dividend on January 20. In early February, an antitrust complaint challenging the merger was filed by 26 customers, and an antitrust watchdog group sent a letter to FTC chair Lisa Kahn opposing the merger. No decision on the merger has been arrived at yet.

Albertsons stock trades down about 38% for the past 12 months and up 7.6% since the merger was announced in mid-October. The company reports quarterly results first thing Tuesday morning.

The number of analysts covering the company has dropped from 20 to 17 since October, and 12 of those have a Hold rating. The other five have a Buy or Strong Buy rating. At a recent price of almost $21.00 a share, the stock trades about $1.50 above its closing price on the day the deal with Kroger was announced.

Fiscal 2023 fourth-quarter revenue is forecast at $18.2 billion, which would be up 0.2% sequentially and by 4.7% year over year. Adjusted EPS are tabbed at $0.68, down 21.9% sequentially and down by 9.3% year over year. For the full fiscal year that ended in February, Albertsons is expected to post EPS of $3.24, up 5.5%, on sales of $77.58 billion, up by nearly 8%.

Albertsons stock trades at 6.5 times expected 2023 EPS, 7.0 times estimated 2024 earnings of $3.00 and 6.8 times estimated 2025 earnings of $3.07 per share. The stock’s 52-week trading range is $19.14 to $36.00. Albertson’s pays an annual dividend of $0.48 (yield of 2.30%). Total shareholder return for the past year was negative 16.02%.


Shares of used car retailer CarMax Inc. (NYSE: KMX) have lost 37.5% of their value over the course of the past 12 months. CarMax reports quarterly results before markets open on Tuesday.

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