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Earnings Preview: Nuance Communications

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Nuance Communications (NASDAQ: NUAN) announces its next round of earnings this Wednesday, November 18. Here is Benzinga's everything-that-matters guide for this 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

Based on Nuance Communications management projections, analysts predict EPS of $0.16 on revenue of $345.55 million. In the same quarter last year, Nuance Communications announced EPS of $0.33 on revenue of $470.66 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 Wall Street estimate would represent a 51.52% decline in the company's earnings. Revenue would be down 26.58% on a year-over-year basis. Here is how the company's EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:

Quarter Q3 2020 Q2 2020 Q1 2020 Q4 2019
EPS Estimate 0.12 0.17 0.23 0.28
EPS Actual 0.18 0.21 0.27 0.33
Revenue Estimate 317.37 M 352.99 M 406.64 M 485.50 M
Revenue Actual 338.40 M 369.55 M 418.23 M 470.66 M

Stock Performance

Shares of Nuance Communications were trading at $34.68 as of November 16. Over the last 52-week period, shares are up 108.55%. Given that these returns are generally positive, long-term shareholders are probably satisfied going into this earnings release.

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

 

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