On Wednesday, January 20, Discover Financial DFS will release its latest earnings report. Check out Benzinga's preview to understand the implications.
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
Sell-side analysts expect Discover Financial's EPS to be near $2.36 on sales of $2.82 billion. Discover Financial reported a per-share profit of $2.25 when it published results during the same quarter last year. Sales in that period totaled $2.94 billion.
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.
The analyst consensus estimate would represent a 4.89% increase in the company's EPS figure. Revenue would have fallen 4.21% from the same quarter last year. In comparison to analyst estimates in the past, here is how the company's reported EPS stacks up:
For a full 12 months, the return has risen by 16.82%. 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. Discover Financial is scheduled to hold the call at 08:00:00 ET and can be accessed here.
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