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Preview: Coupa Software's Earnings

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Coupa Software (NASDAQ:COUP) will be releasing its next round of earnings this Tuesday, March 16. For all of the relevant information, here is your guide for Tuesday's Q4 earnings announcement.

What Are Earnings, Net Income, And Earnings Per Share?

Earnings and EPS are useful metrics of profitability. Total earnings also known as net income is equal to total revenue minus total expenses. Dividing net income by the total number of shares outstanding yields EPS.

Earnings And Revenue

Based on Coupa Software management projections, analysts predict EPS of $0.11 on revenue of $145.66 million. Coupa Software EPS in the same period a year ago totaled $0.21. Sales were $111.45 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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The Wall Street consensus estimate for earnings would represent a 152.38% decrease for the company. Revenue would be up 30.69% from the same quarter last year. Coupa Software's reported EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past like this:

EPS Estimate

0.03

0.08

0.07

0.05

EPS Actual

0.18

0.21

0.20

0.21

Revenue Estimate

124.01 M

118.84 M

111.51 M

102.44 M

Revenue Actual

132.96 M

125.92 M

119.21 M

111.45 M

Stock Performance

For a full 12 months, the return has risen by 99.32%. Given that these returns are generally positive, long-term shareholders are probably relaxed going into this earnings release. Long-term shareholders are already enjoying 12-month gains prior to the announcement.

Do not be surprised to see the stock move on comments made during its conference call. Coupa Software is scheduled to hold the call at 16:30:00 ET and can be accessed here.

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