By Todd M.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) is set to report 1Q2013 earnings on Wednesday, February 6 at 4:00 pm EST, followed by a conference call at 5:00 pm EST. Green Mountain is Vermont-based, leading provider of single-serve coffeemakers and K-cups.
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- Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share: Green Mountain reports Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share, which is the value that will compare to estimates. The Street consensus is $0.65, with a range of $0.62 - $0.71. (Source: Yahoo! Finance) In the last earnings release, the company issued guidance for 1Q2013 Non-GAAP EPS of $0.62 - $0.67 and FY2013 Non-GAAP EPS of $2.64 - $2.74.
- Revenues: Wall Street consensus sees revenues growth of 15.00%, or $1.33bln, with a range of $1.13bln - $1.37bln.
- Adjusted Earnings Per Share (EPS) Guidance: 1Q2013: Analysts see the company issuing next quarter guidance of $0.73, with a range of $0.66 - $0.77. FY2013: For fiscal year 2013, analysts are expecting EPS guidance of $2.71, with a range of $2.65 - $2.80.
- Sympathy Plays:
- Dunkin Brands Group (DNKN) - Reported EPS of $0.34 vs. $0.33 expected and revenues of $162 mln vs. $170 mln expected. Dunkin Brands shares closed marginally higher in the following session, up 0.22%.
- Starbucks (SBUX) - Reported EPS and revenues in line with consensus estimates. Starbucks shares closed the following session $2.24, or 4.10% higher.
- 01/30: Roth Capital Partner's analyst Anton Brenner upgraded GMCR, according to a post on Yahoo! Finance, citing stronger than expected resilience in the single-serve market. Brenner believes that Green Mountain will maintain a dominant market share.
- 01/25: A major threat to the Keurig, Starbucks Verismo machine, has apparently had soft sales thus far, according to a post on Reuters. Starbucks sold 150,000 units since its debut, a mere fraction of Keurig's 2.15 mln average quarterly unit sales for 2012.
- 01/23: According to an article on Yahoo! Finance Zack's Investment Research has upgraded Green Mountain to Outperform, citing new product roll-outs and clearer fiscal visibility for FY 2013.
- Roth Capital Partner's analyst Anton Brenner upgraded GMCR, according to a post on Yahoo! Finance, citing stronger than expected resilience in the firm's hold on the single-serve market. Brenner believes that Green Mountain will remain dominant and have a steady market share.
Green Mountain shares have had a great run lately, rising 77.30% on the quarter, while filling the gap created in early May 2012. Resistance near $50, coupled with a "hanging-man" candle on February 5 are bearish signals, but there is no denying the powerful trend reversal that began in summer 2012. Should earnings surprise to the upside, look for resistance at $50, followed by the $56 area. Conversely, support can be found at the 50-day SMA, followed by the $39 area. (Chart courtesy of StockCharts.com)
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters shares have staged an impressive turn-around in recent months. Shifting opinion on ability to maintain market share, relatively slow sales of Starbuck's Verismo machine, solid reports from competitors, and an improving economic backdrop have given cause to the recent run-up. The upcoming release will determine whether or not Green Mountain shares can break through the $50 resistance level.
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