Oxford Industries (NYSE: OXM) will try to beat its earnings estimates for the third consecutive quarter. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, December 6. Oxford Industries is an apparel design, sourcing, and marketing company featuring a portfolio of owned and licensed lifestyle brands as well as company-owned retail operations.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts are very bullish on this stock, unanimously backing it as a buy. Analysts like Oxford Industries better than competitor Perry Ellis International overall. Six out of nine analysts rate Perry Ellis International a buy compared to four of four for Oxford Industries. Oxford Industries' rating hasn't changed over the past three months.
  • Revenue Forecasts: On average, analysts predict $164.9 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 18.1% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of 14 cents per share. Estimates range from 12 cents to 15 cents.

What our community says:
CAPS All Stars are solidly behind the stock with 78.6% assigning it an "outperform" rating. The majority of the Fools are in agreement with the All Stars as 74.4% give it an "outperform" rating. Fools are bullish on Oxford Industries, though the message boards have been quiet lately with only 34 posts in the past 30 days. Oxford Industries' bearish CAPS rating of two out of five stars falls short of the Fool community sentiment.

Management:
Revenue has fallen for the past three 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

Q2

Q1

Q4

Q3

Gross Margin

57%

56.5%

53.9%

52.8%

Operating Margin

9.8%

14.7%

5.1%

4.6%

Net Margin

1.4%

8.7%

33.9%

4%

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Earnings estimates provided by Zacks