Howard Bancorp (HBMD) came out with quarterly earnings of $0.20 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.15 per share. This compares to earnings of $0.25 per share a year ago. These figures are adjusted for non-recurring items.
This quarterly report represents an earnings surprise of 33.33%. A quarter ago, it was expected that this bank holding company would post earnings of $0.22 per share when it actually produced earnings of $0.14, delivering a surprise of -36.36%.
Over the last four quarters, the company has surpassed consensus EPS estimates just once.
Howard Bancorp, which belongs to the Zacks Banks - Northeast industry, posted revenues of $22.88 million for the quarter ended June 2020, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 14.91%. This compares to year-ago revenues of $23.20 million. The company has topped consensus revenue estimates three times over the last four quarters.
Howard Bancorp shares have lost about 40.8% since the beginning of the year versus the S&P 500's decline of -0.5%.
What's Next for Howard Bancorp?
While Howard Bancorp has underperformed the market so far this year, the question that comes to investors' minds is: what's next for the stock?
Ahead of this earnings release, the estimate revisions trend for Howard Bancorp was mixed. While the magnitude and direction of estimate revisions could change following the company's just-released earnings report, the current status translates into a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) for the stock. So, the shares are expected to perform in line with the market in the near future. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
It will be interesting to see how estimates for the coming quarters and current fiscal year change in the days ahead. The current consensus EPS estimate is $0.02 on $20.72 million in revenues for the coming quarter and $0.58 on $84.74 million in revenues for the current fiscal year.
Investors should be mindful of the fact that the outlook for the industry can have a material impact on the performance of the stock as well. In terms of the Zacks Industry Rank, Banks - Northeast is currently in the top 44% of the 250 plus Zacks industries. Our research shows that the top 50% of the Zacks-ranked industries outperform the bottom 50% by a factor of more than 2 to 1.
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