On Thursday, February 25, Cerus (NASDAQ:CERS) will release its latest earnings report. Benzinga's outlook for Cerus is included in the following report.
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
Cerus's per-share loss will be near $0.09 on sales of $32.42 million, according to Wall Street analysts. In the same quarter last year, Cerus posted EPS of $0.12 on sales of $20.92 million.
What Are Analyst Estimates And Earnings Surprises, And Why Do They Matter?
Analysts who cover this company will publish forward-looking estimates of its revenue and EPS each quarter. Averaging together every EPS and revenue prediction that each analyst makes about a company in a quarter yields the "consensus estimates." A company posting earnings or revenue above or below the consensus estimate is known as an "earnings surprise" and may move the stock by a considerable margin.
The analyst consensus estimate would represent a 25.0% increase in the company's EPS figure. Sales would be up 54.99% on a year-over-year basis. Here is how the company's reported EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:
Over the last 52-week period, shares are up 31.08%. 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. Cerus is scheduled to hold the call at 16:30:00 ET and can be accessed here.
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