Interface (TILE) tops Q1 earnings and revenue estimates

Interface (TILE) came out with quarterly earnings of $0.28 per share, beating Zacks consensus estimate of $0.17 per share. That compares to earnings of $0.17 per share a year ago. These figures are adjusted for non-recurring items.

This quarterly report represents an earnings surprise of 64.71%. A quarter ago, this carpet tile company was expected to post earnings of $0.32 per share when it actually produced earnings of $0.47, offering a surprise 46, 88%.

In the past four quarters, the company has exceeded consensus EPS estimates four times.

Interface, which is part of the Zacks Textile – Home Furnishing industry, posted revenue of $288 million for the quarter ended March 2022, beating Zacks’ consensus estimate by 2.11%. That compares to revenues of $253.26 million a year ago. The company has exceeded consensus revenue estimates three times in the past four quarters.

The sustainability of the immediate stock price movement based on recently released numbers and future earnings forecasts will primarily depend on management’s comments on the earnings call.

Interface shares are down about 12.2% year-to-date versus a -9.8% drop for the S&P 500.

What’s next for Interface?

Although Interface has underperformed the market so far this year, the question on investors’ minds is: what’s next for the stock?

There are no easy answers to this key question, but one reliable metric that can help investors answer it is the company’s earnings outlook. This includes not only current consensus earnings expectations for the upcoming quarter(s), but also how those expectations have changed recently.

Empirical research shows a strong correlation between short-term stock movements and trends in earnings estimate revisions. Investors can track these revisions on their own or rely on a proven scoring tool like Zacks Rank, which has an impressive track record of harnessing the power of earnings estimate revisions.

Prior to this earnings release, the trend for Interface estimate revisions is mixed. While the magnitude and direction of estimate revisions may change following the release of the company’s earnings report, the current situation translates into a No. 3 (hold) Zacks ranking for the stock. Thus, the shares should move in line with the market in the near future. You can see the full list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

It will be interesting to see how the estimates for the next few quarters and the current fiscal year change in the days ahead. The current consensus EPS estimate is $0.29 on $316.15 million in revenue for the upcoming quarter and $1.25 on $1.3 billion in revenue for the current fiscal year.

Investors should be aware that the outlook for the sector can also have a significant impact on stock performance. In terms of Zacks industry rankings, Textile – Home Furnishings currently sits in the bottom 8% of Zacks over 250 industries. Our research shows that the top 50% of industries ranked by Zacks outperform the bottom 50% by a factor of more than 2 to 1.

Caleres Inc. (CAL), another stock in Zacks’ broader consumer discretionary sector, has yet to report results for the quarter ending April 2022.

This shoe wholesaler and retailer is expected to post quarterly earnings of $0.82 per share in its next report, representing a year-over-year change of +36.7%. The consensus EPS estimate for the quarter remained unchanged for the past 30 days.

Revenue for Caleres Inc. is expected to be $661.05 million, up 3.5% from the year-ago quarter.

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