Equities research analysts expect that Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) will announce $1.63 earnings per share (EPS) for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Eleven analysts have made estimates for Williams-Sonoma’s earnings, with estimates ranging from $1.54 to $1.76. Williams-Sonoma reported earnings per share of $1.55 during the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year over year growth rate of 5.2%. The company is scheduled to report its next earnings results on Wednesday, March 21st.
According to Zacks, analysts expect that Williams-Sonoma will report full year earnings of $3.55 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.48 to $3.69. For the next year, analysts expect that the firm will post earnings of $4.09 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.65 to $4.66. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that that provide coverage for Williams-Sonoma.
Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) last released its earnings results on Thursday, November 16th. The specialty retailer reported $0.84 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.84. The firm had revenue of $1.30 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.29 billion. Williams-Sonoma had a return on equity of 25.45% and a net margin of 5.94%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.78 EPS.
Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Williams-Sonoma from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, January 13th. Oppenheimer reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Williams-Sonoma in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Bank of America cut their target price on Williams-Sonoma from $40.00 to $38.00 and set an “underperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Moffett Nathanson assumed coverage on Williams-Sonoma in a research report on Monday, December 4th. They set a “neutral” rating on the stock. Finally, Gordon Haskett downgraded Williams-Sonoma from a “hold” rating to a “reduce” rating in a research report on Friday, November 17th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Williams-Sonoma has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $51.20.
Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Ffcm LLC bought a new position in Williams-Sonoma in the 3rd quarter valued at $125,000. Rational Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Williams-Sonoma during the 4th quarter worth $171,000. Private Trust Co. NA bought a new position in shares of Williams-Sonoma during the 4th quarter worth $203,000. Koch Industries Inc. bought a new position in shares of Williams-Sonoma during the 2nd quarter worth $207,000. Finally, Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank grew its position in shares of Williams-Sonoma by 49.1% during the 4th quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 4,340 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $224,000 after buying an additional 1,429 shares in the last quarter.
Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) opened at $54.11 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $4,550.00, a P/E ratio of 15.33, a PEG ratio of 1.38 and a beta of 0.87. Williams-Sonoma has a 12-month low of $42.68 and a 12-month high of $55.89.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 23rd. Shareholders of record on Thursday, January 25th will be given a $0.39 dividend. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.88%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, January 24th. Williams-Sonoma’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 44.19%.
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Williams-Sonoma, Inc is a multi-channel specialty retailer of products for the home. The Company operates retail stores in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia and the United Kingdom. It operates through two segments: e-commerce and retail. The e-commerce segment has various merchandising strategies, such as Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm, PBteen, Williams-Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation and Mark and Graham, which sell its products through the Company’s e-commerce Websites and direct-mail catalogs.
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