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A Preview Of Barrett Business Services's Earnings

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Barrett Business Services (NASDAQ:BBSI) will be releasing its next round of earnings this Wednesday, March 03. For all of the relevant information, here is your guide for Wednesday'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

Barrett Business Services EPS is expected to be around $0.64, according to sell-side analysts. Sales will likely be near $229.87 million. Barrett Business Services EPS in the same period a year ago totaled $1.51. Sales were $245.15 million.

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.

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If the company were to report earnings in line when it publishes results Wednesday, quarterly profit would be down 57.62%. Revenue would be down 6.23% on a year-over-year basis. Here is how the company's reported EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:

EPS Estimate

1.47

0.82

-0.29

1.28

EPS Actual

2.40

1.51

-0.45

1.51

Revenue Estimate

224.72 M

192.93 M

228.40 M

252.45 M

Revenue Actual

227.51 M

201.03 M

219.10 M

245.15 M

Stock Performance

Over the last 52-week period, shares are up 23.61%. Given that these returns are generally positive, long-term shareholders can be content going into this earnings release.

Do not be surprised to see the stock move on comments made during its conference call. Barrett Business Services is scheduled to hold the call at 17:00:00 ET and can be accessed here.

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