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Earnings Preview: Assurant

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On Monday, November 02, Assurant (NYSE: AIZ) will release its latest earnings report. Check out Benzinga's preview to understand the implications.

Net Income, Earnings, 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

Based on Assurant management projections, analysts predict EPS of $1.66 on revenue of $2.44 billion. Assurant reported a profit of $1.69 per share when it published results during the same quarter last year. Sales in that period totaled $2.50 billion.

Why Analyst Estimates And Earnings Surprises Are Important

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.

If the company were to match the consensus estimate when it reports Monday, earnings would be down 1.78%. Revenue would be down 2.36% on a year-over-year basis. Here is how the company's reported EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:

Quarter Q2 2020 Q1 2020 Q4 2020 Q3 2019
EPS Estimate 2.09 2.42 2.40 1.68
EPS Actual 2.75 2.64 2.25 1.69
Revenue Estimate 2.60 B 2.59 B 2.61 B 2.57 B
Revenue Actual 2.47 B 2.57 B 2.61 B 2.50 B

Stock Performance

Shares of Assurant were trading at $125.34 as of October 29. Over the last 52-week period, shares are down 1.16%. Given that these returns are generally negative, long-term shareholders are probably unhappy going into this earnings release.

Do not be surprised to see the stock move on comments made during its conference call. Assurant is scheduled to hold the call at 08:00:00 ET and can be accessed here.

 

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