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Cloudera's Earnings: A Preview

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On Wednesday, March 10, Cloudera (NYSE:CLDR) will release its latest earnings report. Benzinga's outlook for Cloudera is included in the following report.

Net Income, Earnings, And Earnings Per Share

Earnings and especially earnings per share (EPS) are useful measures of a company's profitability. Total earnings, which is also referred to as net income, equals total revenue minus total expenses. EPS equals to net income divided by the number of shares outstanding.

Earnings And Revenue

Based on management's projections, Cloudera analysts model for earnings of $0.11 per share on sales of $221.43 million. Cloudera reported a per-share profit of $0.04 when it published results during the same quarter last year. Sales in that period totaled $211.72 million.

What Are Analyst Estimates And Earnings Surprises, And Why Do They Matter?

Analysts who cover this company will publish forward-looking estimates of its revenue and EPS each quarter. Averaging together every EPS and revenue prediction that each analyst makes about a company in a quarter yields the "consensus estimates." A company posting earnings or revenue above or below the consensus estimate is known as an "earnings surprise" and may move the stock by a considerable margin.

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The analyst consensus estimate would represent a 175.0% increase in the company's EPS figure. Sales would be have grown 4.59% from the same quarter last year. Here is how the company's reported EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:

EPS Estimate

0.09

0.06

0

-0.03

EPS Actual

0.15

0.10

0.05

0.04

Revenue Estimate

209.16 M

208.14 M

204.81 M

201.79 M

Revenue Actual

217.90 M

214.34 M

210.46 M

211.72 M

Stock Performance

For a full 12 months, the return has risen by 82.83%. Given that these returns are generally positive, long-term shareholders are probably relaxed going into this earnings release. Long-term shareholders are already enjoying 12-month gains prior to the announcement.

Do not be surprised to see the stock move on comments made during its conference call. Cloudera is scheduled to hold the call at 17:00:00 ET and can be accessed here.

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