Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL) will look to avoid missing estimates for the consecutive quarter when its earnings are released. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, July 26. Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. is a specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in the United States.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts are bullish on Lumber Liquidators as five analysts rate it as a buy and only one analyst rate it as a sell. Analysts like Lumber Liquidators better than competitor Builders FirstSource overall. Analysts still rate the stock a hold, but they are a bit more wary about it compared to three months ago.
  • Revenue Forecasts: On average, analysts predict $176.6 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 4.7% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.19 per share. Estimates range from $0.17 to $0.20.

What our community says:
CAPS All Stars are solidly behind the stock, with 99.6% awarding it an "outperform" rating. The community at large agrees with the All Stars, with 96.7% granting it a rating of "outperform." Fools are bullish on Lumber Liquidators and haven't been shy with their opinions lately, logging 134 posts in the past 30 days. Lumber Liquidators has a bullish CAPS rating of five out of five stars that is about on par with the Fool community assessment.

Management:
Lumber Liquidators' income has fallen year over year by an average of 12%. Revenue has now gone up for three straight quarters.

Now let's look at how efficient management is at running the business. Traditionally, margins represent the efficiency with which companies capture portions of sales dollars. The following table shows gross, operating, and net margins over the past four quarters:

Quarter

Q1

Q4

Q3

Q2

Gross Margin

36.2%

34.0%

35.2%

34.7%

Operating Margin

5.8%

6.1%

4.7%

8.7%

Net Margin

3.6%

3.9%

2.9%

5.4%

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