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SS&C Technologies Hldgs (NASDAQ:SSNC) 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
SS&C Technologies Hldgs EPS will likely be near $1.05 while revenue will be around $1.16 billion, according to analysts. In the same quarter last year, SS&C Technologies Hldgs posted EPS of $1.08 on sales of $1.21 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 2.78% decrease in the company's earnings. Sales would be down 4.29% on a year-over-year basis. SS&C Technologies Hldgs's reported EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past like this:
Shares of SS&C Technologies Hldgs were trading at $68.92 as of February 08. Over the last 52-week period, shares are up 4.88%. Given that these returns are generally positive, long-term shareholders can be satisfied going into this earnings release.
Do not be surprised to see the stock move on comments made during its conference call. SS&C Technologies Hldgs is scheduled to hold the call at 17:00:00 ET and can be accessed here.
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