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Earnings Preview: Qualys


On Wednesday, February 10, Qualys (NASDAQ:QLYS) 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

Qualys earnings will be near $0.7 per share on sales of $94.62 million, according to analysts. Qualys earnings in the same period a year ago was $0.64 per share. Quarterly sales came in at $84.66 million.

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.

If the company were to post earnings in line with the consensus estimate when it reports Wednesday, EPS would be up 9.37%. Sales would be up 11.76% on a year-over-year basis. Here is how the Qualys's reported EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:

Quarter Q3 2020 Q2 2020 Q1 2020 Q4 2020
EPS Estimate 0.67 0.63 0.60 0.59
EPS Actual 0.77 0.74 0.65 0.64
Revenue Estimate 91.97 M 88.15 M 85.75 M 84.69 M
Revenue Actual 93.07 M 88.83 M 86.26 M 84.66 M

Stock Performance

Shares of Qualys were trading at $126.79 as of February 08. Over the last 52-week period, shares are up 39.25%. Given that these returns are generally positive, long-term shareholders can be satisfied going into this earnings release.

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


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