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A10 Networks (NYSE:ATEN) announces its next round of earnings this Tuesday, February 09. 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 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
A10 Networks EPS is expected to be around $0.15, according to sell-side analysts. Sales will likely be near $63.29 million. A10 Networks EPS in the same period a year ago totaled $0.1. Sales were $60.32 million.
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.
If the company were to match the consensus estimate when it reports Tuesday, earnings would be up 50.0%. Revenue would be have grown 4.93% from the same quarter last year. Here is how the company's reported EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:
Shares of A10 Networks were trading at $10.58 as of February 05. Over the last 52-week period, shares are up 52.54%. Given that these returns are generally positive, long-term shareholders should be content going into this earnings release.
Do not be surprised to see the stock move on comments made during its conference call. A10 Networks is scheduled to hold the call at 16:30:00 ET and can be accessed here.
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