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Preview: XPO Logistics's Earnings

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XPO Logistics (NYSE:XPO) releases its next round of earnings this Wednesday, February 10. Get the latest predictions in Benzinga's essential guide to the company's Q4 earnings report.

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

XPO Logistics earnings will be near $0.67 per share on sales of $4.25 billion, according to analysts. In the same quarter last year, XPO Logistics announced EPS of $1.12 on revenue of $4.14 billion.

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 consensus estimate for earnings would represent a 40.18% decrease for the company. Sales would be have grown 2.76% from the same quarter last year. Here is how the company's EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:

Quarter Q3 2020 Q2 2020 Q1 2020 Q4 2020
EPS Estimate 0.40 -0.73 0.51 1.01
EPS Actual 0.84 -0.63 0.47 1.12
Revenue Estimate 3.85 B 3.38 B 3.98 B 4.23 B
Revenue Actual 4.22 B 3.50 B 3.86 B 4.14 B

Stock Performance

Over the last 52-week period, shares of XPO Logistics are up 26.8%.

Do not be surprised to see the stock move on comments made during its conference call. XPO Logistics is scheduled to hold the call at 08:30:00 ET and can be accessed here.

 

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