PAREXEL International Earnings Preview

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PAREXEL International (NAS: PRXL) came in under analysts' estimates last quarter but now has a chance to fix things this quarter. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday. PAREXEL International is a biopharmaceutical company, providing expertise in clinical research, medical communications services, consulting, and informatics.

What analysts say

What our community says
CAPS All-Stars are solidly behind the stock with 97.1% awarding it an outperform rating. The community at large backs the All-Stars with 96% assigning it a rating of outperform. Fools are keen on PAREXEL International, though the message boards have been quiet lately with only 80 posts in the past 30 days. Despite the majority sentiment in favor of PAREXEL International, the stock has a middling CAPS rating of three out of five stars.

Management
PAREXEL International's profit has risen year over year by an average of more than twofold. Revenue has now gone up for three straight quarters. The company's gross margin shrank by 2.1 percentage points in the last quarter. Revenue rose 2.5% while cost of sales rose 5.7% to $244.1 million from a year earlier.

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

Q3

Q2

Q1

Q4

Gross Margin

30.9%

29.6%

31.8%

32.8%

Operating Margin

6.2%

7.7%

8.8%

5.8%

Net Margin

4.5%

4.6%

5.2%

3.7%

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