Cubic Earnings Preview

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Investors are on the edge of their collective seats, hoping that Cubic (NYS: CUB) will top analyst expectations for the fifth consecutive quarter. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, August 11. Cubic designs, develops, manufactures, and installs products which are mainly electronic in nature, such as equipment for use in customized military range instrumentation, training and applications systems, and automated revenue collection systems.

What analysts say:

What our community says:
CAPS All Stars are solidly behind the stock with 99.2% granting it an "outperform" rating. The community at large backs the All Stars with 97.6% giving it a rating of "outperform." Fools are keen on Cubic, though the message boards have been quiet lately with only 70 posts in the past 30 days. Cubic has a bullish CAPS rating of five out of five stars that is about on par with the Fool community assessment.

Management:
Cubic's profit has risen year over year by an average of 37.3% over the past five 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

22.5%

25.5%

20.0%

21.6%

Operating Margin

8.4%

9.6%

7.6%

9.9%

Net Margin

6.0%

7.0%

4.9%

6.9%

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