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Earnings Preview: Paylocity Holding


On Thursday, February 04, Paylocity Holding (NASDAQ:PCTY) will release its latest earnings report. Here is Benzinga's outlook for the company.

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

Analysts expect Paylocity Holding earnings of $0.25 per share. Revenue will likely be around $143.45 million, according to the consensus estimate. In the same quarter last year, Paylocity Holding reported earnings per share of $0.36 on revenue of $132.37 million.

Why Analyst Estimates And Earnings Surprises Are Important

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.

If the company were to match the consensus estimate when it reports Thursday, earnings would be down 30.56%. Revenue would be have grown 8.37% from the same quarter last year. Here is how the company's reported EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:

Quarter Q1 2020 Q4 2020 Q3 2020 Q2 2020
EPS Estimate 0.15 0.13 0.70 0.29
EPS Actual 0.38 0.32 0.83 0.36
Revenue Estimate 134.05 M 126.58 M 166.20 M 130.05 M
Revenue Actual 135.79 M 130.59 M 171.65 M 132.37 M

Stock Performance

For a full 12 months, the return has risen by 49.14%. 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. Paylocity Holding is scheduled to hold the call at 17:00:00 ET and can be accessed here.


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