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Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) announces its next round of earnings this Tuesday, February 23. Here is Benzinga's everything-that-matters guide for this Tuesday's Q4 earnings announcement.
What Are Earnings, Net Income, 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
Sell-side analysts expect Pioneer Natural Resources's EPS to be near $0.69 on sales of $953.55 million. In the same quarter last year, Pioneer Natural Resources reported EPS of $2.36 on revenue of $1.35 billion.
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.
The analyst consensus estimate would represent a 70.76% decrease in the company's earnings. Revenue would be down 29.31% on a year-over-year basis. Here is how the company's EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:
Shares of Pioneer Natural Resources were trading at $134.04 as of February 19. Over the last 52-week period, shares are up 5.96%. Given that these returns are generally positive, long-term shareholders are probably content going into this earnings release.
Do not be surprised to see the stock move on comments made during its conference call. Pioneer Natural Resources is scheduled to hold the call at 10:00:00 ET and can be accessed here.
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