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Earnings Preview: Brighthouse Financial

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Brighthouse Financial (NASDAQ:BHF) will be releasing its next round of earnings this Wednesday, February 10. For all of the relevant information, here is your guide for Wednesday's Q4 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

Analysts predict Brighthouse Financial will report earnings of $2.74 per share on revenue of $2.06 billion. In the same quarter last year, Brighthouse Financial announced EPS of $2.46 on revenue of $2.16 billion.

Why Analyst Estimates And Earnings Surprises Are Important

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.

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The analyst consensus estimate would represent a 11.38% increase in the company's earnings. Revenue would be down 4.81% from the year-ago period. Here is how the company's reported EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:

EPS Estimate

2.51

0.88

1.66

2.33

EPS Actual

4.19

0.41

2.60

2.46

Revenue Estimate

2.07 B

1.99 B

2.03 B

2.06 B

Revenue Actual

2.16 B

1.76 B

2.10 B

2.16 B

Stock Performance

Shares of Brighthouse Financial were trading at $41.67 as of February 08. Over the last 52-week period, shares are down 9.15%. Given that these returns are generally negative, long-term shareholders are probably down going into this earnings release.

Do not be surprised to see the stock move on comments made during its conference call. Brighthouse Financial is scheduled to hold the call at 08:00:00 ET and can be accessed here.

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