Sears Holdings Earnings: What Investors Should Watch

Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, August 22nd. Sears Holdings Corporation is a broadline retailer with full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. The Company retails home appliances, as well as tools, lawn and garden products, home electronics, and other products. Sears Holdings also provides automotive repair and maintenance.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Sears Holdings Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $-1.10 per share on revenues of $9.01 billion.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a loss of $2.44 to a loss $2.77. For the current year, the average estimate is a loss of $4.82, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Sears Holdings has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 46,770 44,043 43,326 41,567 39,854
Diluted EPS ($) 0.42 1.99 1.19 -29.40 -8.78

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Jul. 31, 2012 Oct. 31, 2012 Jan. 31, 2013 Apr. 30, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 9,467.00 8,857.00 12,260.00 8,452.00
Diluted EPS ($) -1.25 -4.70 -4.61 -2.63

Past Performance:
Sears Holdings has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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