Most Anticipated Earnings Reports: 3 Top Stocks To Watch | August 23

This analysis gives you everything you need to know about the quarterly key business data just released in the earnings report from some of the most anticipated companies.

The key business data released are compared with:

  • Analyst Expectations:
    This comparison lets you know if the Revenue and EPS (Earnings Per Share) released were higher or lower than expected by analysts.
  • Same Quarter as Previous Years:
    This comparison lets you know if, compared to previous years, the company has been able to grow the volume of the business by increasing revenue, produce an improved operating/net income, produce an increased cash flow from operations and improve efficiency through the improvement of the 3 main business margins.

In addition to the focus on the results released in the last quarter, there is a section that shows the trend of key business data in recent years as the sum of the last 4 quarters (Trailing 12-Months) in order to also have a longer-term view.


Summary

Below is a summary of key data from the companies covered by this analysis.

In particular, the Revenue and Net Income of the last quarter are indicated with the growth rate compared to the same quarter of last year (YoY Growth) and how much they beat or disappointed analysts’ expectations (Revenue/EPS Surprise).

*Data are expressed in millions of dollars


Key Business Data

The key business data and business margins included in this analysis are the following:

  • Revenue
  • Operating Income and Operating Margin
  • Net Income and Net Margin
  • Cash Flow From Operations and CFO Margin
Learn more about metrics

An explanation of each of the metrics considered is provided below.

  • Revenue:
    Indicates the revenue generated by the company from the sale of products/services.
  • Operating Income and Operating Margin:
    Indicates the company’s operating income and is calculated by subtracting all operating costs (cost to produce goods/services, personnel costs, marketing costs, depreciation and other non-cash operating costs) from revenue. This metric is very important because it allows you to understand how the company is doing without being influenced by costs that are not directly related to the company’s production of goods/services. The Operating Margin is useful for knowing the company’s efficiency from an operational point of view, in fact it is calculated as the percentage of revenue that the company manages to transform into operating profit. The more the operating margin improves, the more efficient the company becomes.
  • Net Income and Net Margin:
    Indicates the profit after all costs, then starts from operating profit and subtracts all non-operating costs (extraordinary costs, financial interest, taxes). This metric is important because it allows you to know the company’s result by subtracting all types of costs and not just operational ones. The Net Margin is useful for understanding how much of the revenue it manages to transform into profit, therefore the more the net margin grows, the greater the ability to produce profit for the same revenue generated.
  • Cash Flow From Operations and CFO Margin:
    Indicates the cash flow that operations have generated or absorbed. This metric may look the same as operating income but it is actually different. In fact, in calculating the operating income, “non-monetary” operating costs are considered, ie those that do not really lead to a cash outflow such as depreciation and stock-based compensation. Therefore, the cash flow from operations turns out to be an extremely important metric because it tells us if the company’s operations are really generating a positive flow or if instead it is causing money to be lost. The CFO Margin indicates the amount of cash generated/burned by operations as a percentage of revenue and therefore tells us if the company is efficient. The more it improves over time, the more the company is able to generate cash from its operations for the same revenue.

Table of Contents

Each company covered by this analysis contains the following 5 sections:

1. Profile
General information such as market value, valuation multiples, sector and industry in which the company operates.

2. Performance
Company performance relative to the S&P 500 index and direction of the short, medium and long-term price trend.

3. Key Business Data and Analyst Estimates | Last Quarter
Key business data released in the last quarter compared to last year and analysts’ expectations.

4. Key Charts: Business Data and Business Margins | Last Quarter
Key business data and business margins of the last quarter compared to the same quarter of previous years through intuitive graphs.

5. Key Charts: Business Data and Business Margins | Trailing 12-Months
Graphs showing the trend in recent years of key business data and business margins trailing 12 months.

*The content of this article is for informational purposes only an in no case constitute an investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. To read the complete disclaimer click here.


Company 1


1.1 Profile

This first section is introductory and it shows some general information to understand what the company does (Sector, Industry and Description), the market value expressed in billions of dollars (Market Cap) and the stock price (Last Price). In addition, the following 2 main valuation multiples are indicated:

  • P/S (Price To Sales):
    This multiple relates the market value and revenue of the last 12 months.
  • P/E (Price To Earnings):
    This multiple relates the market value and the net income of the last 12 months.

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1.2 Performance

This second section focuses on the performance of the stock price and aims to give a general view of how the company is performing, especially compared to the rest of the market represented by the S&P 500 index.

The “Trend Direction” table indicates whether the company’s price is in a positive or negative trend in the short, medium and long term.

The direction of the trend is based on the comparison between the last recorded price and the average price of the last 20 days (short term), 50 days (medium term) and 200 days (long term). If the latest price is higher than the average price then the trend is positive, if it is lower the trend is negative.

The “Performance vs S&P 500 Index” table shows the comparison between the price performance of the company and the S&P 500 index. The periods considered are from the beginning of the year, in the last year and in the last 3 years. Furthermore, the comparison is also expressed in graphical form.


1.3 Key Business Data and Analyst Estimates | Last Quarter

This third section focuses on the key business data reported in the latest earnings report and compares them with the same quarter of last year and with analysts’ expectations.

The “Revenue and EPS: Actual vs Estimate” table compares released Revenue and EPS (“Actual”) to analyst forecasts (“Estimate”). The “Surprise” column shows whether or not analysts’ expectations have been beaten and by how much.

The “Financials: Last Quarter vs 1-Year Ago” table compares the key business data and business margins of the last quarter with the same quarter of the previous year to see if the company has grown or decreased.

*The EPS considered refers to Non-GAAP and is used by many because it excludes extraordinary items
*Data are expressed in millions of dollars


1.4 Key Charts: Business Data and Business Margins | Last Quarter

This fourth section graphically shows the comparison between the key business data and business margins of the last quarter with those reported in the same quarter of previous years.

The purpose of this section is to see if the key data is getting better or worse in recent years.

*Data are expressed in millions of dollars

Key Charts: Business Data | Last Quarter

This first subsection focuses on the key business data (Revenue, Operating Income, Net Income and Cash Flow From Operations) of the last quarter and compares them with those reported in the same quarter of previous years.


Key Charts: Business Margins | Last Quarter

This second subsection focuses on the key business margins (Operating Margin, Net Margin and Cash Flow From Operations Margin) of the last quarter and compares them with those reported in the same quarter of previous years.

Furthermore, the first graph shows the revenue growth rate trend reported in the last quarter and in the same quarter of previous years. This graph is useful to understand if the revenue growth rate in this quarter has accelerated or decelerated compared to previous years.


1.5 Key Charts: Business Data and Business Margins | Trailing 12-Months


Company 2


2.1 Profile

This first section is introductory and it shows some general information to understand what the company does (Sector, Industry and Description), the market value expressed in billions of dollars (Market Cap) and the stock price (Last Price). In addition, the following 2 main valuation multiples are indicated:

  • P/S (Price To Sales):
    This multiple relates the market value and revenue of the last 12 months.
  • P/E (Price To Earnings):
    This multiple relates the market value and the net income of the last 12 months.


2.2 Performance

This second section focuses on the performance of the stock price and aims to give a general view of how the company is performing, especially compared to the rest of the market represented by the S&P 500 index.

The “Trend Direction” table indicates whether the company’s price is in a positive or negative trend in the short, medium and long term.

The direction of the trend is based on the comparison between the last recorded price and the average price of the last 20 days (short term), 50 days (medium term) and 200 days (long term). If the latest price is higher than the average price then the trend is positive, if it is lower the trend is negative.

The “Performance vs S&P 500 Index” table shows the comparison between the price performance of the company and the S&P 500 index. The periods considered are from the beginning of the year, in the last year and in the last 3 years. Furthermore, the comparison is also expressed in graphical form.


2.3 Key Business Data and Analyst Estimates | Last Quarter

This third section focuses on the key business data reported in the latest earnings report and compares them with the same quarter of last year and with analysts’ expectations.

The “Revenue and EPS: Actual vs Estimate” table compares released Revenue and EPS (“Actual”) to analyst forecasts (“Estimate”). The “Surprise” column shows whether or not analysts’ expectations have been beaten and by how much.

The “Financials: Last Quarter vs 1-Year Ago” table compares the key business data and business margins of the last quarter with the same quarter of the previous year to see if the company has grown or decreased.

*The EPS considered refers to Non-GAAP and is used by many because it excludes extraordinary items
*Data are expressed in millions of dollars


2.4 Key Charts: Business Data and Business Margins | Last Quarter

This fourth section graphically shows the comparison between the key business data and business margins of the last quarter with those reported in the same quarter of previous years.

The purpose of this section is to see if the key data is getting better or worse in recent years.

*Data are expressed in millions of dollars

Key Charts: Business Data | Last Quarter

This first subsection focuses on the key business data (Revenue, Operating Income, Net Income and Cash Flow From Operations) of the last quarter and compares them with those reported in the same quarter of previous years.


Key Charts: Business Margins | Last Quarter

This second subsection focuses on the key business margins (Operating Margin, Net Margin and Cash Flow From Operations Margin) of the last quarter and compares them with those reported in the same quarter of previous years.

Furthermore, the first graph shows the revenue growth rate trend reported in the last quarter and in the same quarter of previous years. This graph is useful to understand if the revenue growth rate in this quarter has accelerated or decelerated compared to previous years.


2.5 Key Charts: Business Data and Business Margins | Trailing 12-Months


Company 3


3.1 Profile

This first section is introductory and it shows some general information to understand what the company does (Sector, Industry and Description), the market value expressed in billions of dollars (Market Cap) and the stock price (Last Price). In addition, the following 2 main valuation multiples are indicated:

  • P/S (Price To Sales):
    This multiple relates the market value and revenue of the last 12 months.
  • P/E (Price To Earnings):
    This multiple relates the market value and the net income of the last 12 months.


3.2 Performance

This second section focuses on the performance of the stock price and aims to give a general view of how the company is performing, especially compared to the rest of the market represented by the S&P 500 index.

The “Trend Direction” table indicates whether the company’s price is in a positive or negative trend in the short, medium and long term.

The direction of the trend is based on the comparison between the last recorded price and the average price of the last 20 days (short term), 50 days (medium term) and 200 days (long term). If the latest price is higher than the average price then the trend is positive, if it is lower the trend is negative.

The “Performance vs S&P 500 Index” table shows the comparison between the price performance of the company and the S&P 500 index. The periods considered are from the beginning of the year, in the last year and in the last 3 years. Furthermore, the comparison is also expressed in graphical form.


3.3 Key Business Data and Analyst Estimates | Last Quarter

This third section focuses on the key business data reported in the latest earnings report and compares them with the same quarter of last year and with analysts’ expectations.

The “Revenue and EPS: Actual vs Estimate” table compares released Revenue and EPS (“Actual”) to analyst forecasts (“Estimate”). The “Surprise” column shows whether or not analysts’ expectations have been beaten and by how much.

The “Financials: Last Quarter vs 1-Year Ago” table compares the key business data and business margins of the last quarter with the same quarter of the previous year to see if the company has grown or decreased.

*The EPS considered refers to Non-GAAP and is used by many because it excludes extraordinary items
*Data are expressed in millions of dollars


3.4 Key Charts: Business Data and Business Margins | Last Quarter

This fourth section graphically shows the comparison between the key business data and business margins of the last quarter with those reported in the same quarter of previous years.

The purpose of this section is to see if the key data is getting better or worse in recent years.

*Data are expressed in millions of dollars

Key Charts: Business Data | Last Quarter

This first subsection focuses on the key business data (Revenue, Operating Income, Net Income and Cash Flow From Operations) of the last quarter and compares them with those reported in the same quarter of previous years.


Key Charts: Business Margins | Last Quarter

This second subsection focuses on the key business margins (Operating Margin, Net Margin and Cash Flow From Operations Margin) of the last quarter and compares them with those reported in the same quarter of previous years.

Furthermore, the first graph shows the revenue growth rate trend reported in the last quarter and in the same quarter of previous years. This graph is useful to understand if the revenue growth rate in this quarter has accelerated or decelerated compared to previous years.


3.5 Key Charts: Business Data and Business Margins | Trailing 12-Months

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