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On Thursday, February 25, Air Transport Services Gr (NASDAQ:ATSG) will report its last quarter's earnings. Here is Benzinga's preview of the company's release.
Net Income, Earnings, And Earnings Per Share
Earnings and EPS are useful metrics of profitability. Total earnings also known as net income is equal to total revenue minus total expenses. Dividing net income by the total number of shares outstanding yields EPS.
Earnings And Revenue
Analysts predict Air Transport Services Gr will report earnings of $0.34 per share on revenue of $414.26 million. In the same quarter last year, Air Transport Services Gr reported EPS of $0.56 on revenue of $403.35 million.
What Are Analyst Estimates And Earnings Surprises, And Why Do They Matter?
Wall Street analysts who study this company will publish analyst estimates of revenue and EPS. The averages of all analyst EPS and revenue estimates are called the "consensus estimates"; these consensus estimates can have a significant effect on a company's performance during an earnings release. When a company posts earnings or revenue above or below a consensus estimate, it has posted an "earnings surprise", which can really move a stock depending on the difference between actual and estimated values.
If the company were to match the consensus estimate, earnings would be down 39.29%. Sales would be have grown 2.7% from the same quarter last year. The company's reported EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past like this:
Shares of Air Transport Services Gr were trading at $28.78 as of February 23. Over the last 52-week period, shares are up 66.09%. Given that these returns are generally positive, long-term shareholders are probably happy going into this earnings release.
Do not be surprised to see the stock move on comments made during its conference call. Air Transport Services Gr is scheduled to hold the call at 10:00:00 ET and can be accessed here.
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