Landauer Earnings Preview

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Investors never know what to expect from Landauer (NYS: LDR) , as it has wavered between topping and missing analysts estimates during the past fiscal year. The company will unveil its latest earnings Tuesday. Landauer is a global provider of technical and analytical services to determine occupational and environmental radiation exposure, and is a domestic provider of outsourced medical physics services.

What analysts say:

What our community says:
CAPS All-Stars are solidly behind the stock with 100% granting it an "outperform" rating. The community at large concurs with the All-Stars with 92.3% giving it a rating of "outperform." Fools are gung-ho about Landauer, though the message boards have been quiet lately with only 23 posts in the past 30 days. Despite the majority sentiment in favor of Landauer, the stock has a middling CAPS rating of three out of five stars.

Management:
Revenue has now gone up for three straight quarters.

Now let's look at how efficient management is at running the business. Traditionally, margins represent the efficiency with which companies capture portions of sales dollars. The following table shows gross, operating, and net margins over the past four quarters.

Quarter

Q2

Q1

Q4

Q3

Gross Margin

64.1%

61.0%

57.6%

61.2%

Operating Margin

36.7%

28.6%

25.7%

30.3%

Net Margin

24.7%

20.5%

15.7%

23.5%

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