Williams-Sonoma Is Up ~25% since Its Last Earnings: What’s Next?


Jul. 1 2019, Published 10:44 a.m. ET

WSM’s performance

On June 27, Williams-Sonoma (WSM) was trading at $64.26, a rise of 24.6% since its announcement of its first-quarter earnings results on May 30. The company was also trading at a discount of 13.2% to its 52-week high of $73.99 and a premium of 42.8% to its 52-week low of $45.01.

In the first quarter, Williams-Sonoma reported adjusted EPS of $0.81, outperforming analysts’ consensus EPS estimate of $0.69 by 17.4%. Its revenue came in at $1.24 billion, slightly better than analysts’ estimate. In the quarter, the company reported comparable brand revenue growth of 3.5% compared to analysts’ expectation of 1.7%. Its management credited its compelling offerings and differentiated customer experiences for its strong sales growth.

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After reporting its first-quarter earnings results, WSM’s management raised its EPS guidance by $0.05. You can read more about WSM’s first-quarter performance in Williams-Sonoma Raises Its EPS Guidance after an Impressive Q1. The company’s impressive first-quarter performance and its management’s raising of its EPS guidance appear to have led to a rise in its stock price.

Year-to-date performance

YTD (year-to-date), WSM has returned 27.4% as of June 27, outperforming the broader equity market and its peers. During the same period, the S&P 500 Index has risen 16.7%, while peers Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) and RH (RH) have returned 1.3% and -5.3%, respectively.

Series overview

In this series, we’ll cover management’s guidance and analysts’ revenue and EPS expectations for 2019. First, we’ll be looking at WSM’s valuation multiple and analysts’ recommendations for the stock.


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