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Gentex (NASDAQ: GNTX) announces its next round of earnings this Friday, October 23. Here is Benzinga's everything-that-matters guide for this Friday's Q3 earnings announcement.
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
Wall Street expects EPS of $0.4 and sales around $451.25 million. Gentex earnings in the same period a year ago was $0.44 per share. Quarterly sales came in at $477.76 million.
Why Analyst Estimates And Earnings Surprises Are Important
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.
If the company were to report earnings in line when it publishes results Friday, quarterly profit would be down 9.09%. Revenue would be down 5.55% on a year-over-year basis. Here is how the company's reported EPS has compared to analyst estimates in the past:
Shares of Gentex were trading at $28.08 as of October 21. Over the last 52-week period, shares are up 2.69%. Given that these returns are generally positive, long-term shareholders should be satisfied going into this earnings release.
Do not be surprised to see the stock move on comments made during its conference call. Gentex is scheduled to hold the call at 09:30:00 ET and can be accessed here.
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