It’s not a perfect world out there for investors, but things may be starting to get better. The market’s coming off another week of encouraging economic news as housing and employment data point to a continuing recovery.
I recently went over some of the companies that are expected to post lower quarterly profits when they report this week. Thankfully, they’re the exceptions and not the rule. Now let’s go over some publicly traded companies that are expected to stand tall this week by posting year-over-year improvement on the bottom line.
|Company||Latest Quarter’s EPS (Estimated)||Year-Ago Quarter’s EPS|
|Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE:KORS)||$0.39||$0.22|
|The Fresh Market Inc (NASDAQ:TFM)||$0.44||$0.40|
|OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OVTI)||$0.21||$0.20|
|Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (NYSE:KKD)||$0.17||$0.14|
|Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL)||$0.73||$0.61|
Clearing the table
Let’s start at the top with Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE:KORS). The maker of high-end handbags has been posting spectacular growth. As the poster child of economic expansion for the affluent, Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE:KORS) saw its sales soar 70% in its holiday quarter, fueled by a 41% pop in same-store sales.
Analysts see more heady growth, targeting revenue and earnings-per-share increases of 44% and 77%, respectively, when Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE:KORS) reports on Wednesday. The smart money has to be betting on an even larger profit than that. Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE:KORS) has beaten Wall Street’s bottom-line estimates by at least 23% in each of the past four quarters. It’s a good thing Michael Kors Holdings Ltd (NYSE:KORS) makes stylish handbags. Investors need a place to stuff all that extra money while they laugh all the way to the bank.
The Fresh Market Inc (NASDAQ:TFM) operates a growing chain of premium grocery stores. The small-box yet high-end supermarkets are resonating with shoppers looking for higher-quality meats, produce, and even fresh flowers. Analysts see revenue and earnings growing in the low double digits, but The Fresh Market Inc (NASDAQ:TFM) investors need to be careful. The grocer has come up short on the bottom line in its past two quarters.
OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OVTI) is back. The maker of image sensors was hot a few years ago as smartphones began adding high-quality cameras to their handsets, but then it saw margins contract sharply as cutthroat competitors stormed the market. The margin contraction is still a problem. Wall Street sees a modest uptick in profitability on a more robust 46% top-line surge, but at least earnings growth is moving in the right direction. OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OVTI) had posted year-over-year declines in net income for five straight quarters before bouncing back last quarter.