Gannett Earnings Preview

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After beating estimates last quarter by $0.01, Gannett (NYS: GCI) has set the standard for itself. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Monday. Gannett is an international news and information company operating mainly in the realms of publishing, digital, and broadcasting.

What analysts say:
 

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Half of analysts think investors should stand pat on Gannett. Analysts don't like Gannett as much as competitor Meredith overall. Three out of six analysts rate Meredith a buy compared to three of eight for Gannett. While analysts still rate the stock a hold, they are a little more optimistic about it compared to three months ago.
  • Revenue forecasts: On average, analysts predict $1.27 billion in revenue this quarter. That would represent a decline of 3.1% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street earnings expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.45 per share. Estimates range from $0.43 to $0.47.

What our community says:
The majority of CAPS All-Stars see GCI as a good bet, with 73.6% giving it an outperform rating. The majority of the Fools are in agreement with the All-Stars as 72.7% give it an outperform rating. Fools are keen on Gannett and haven't been shy with their opinions lately, logging 196 posts in the past 30 days. Gannett's bearish CAPS rating of two out of five stars falls short of the Fool community sentiment.

Management:
Gannett's profit has risen year over year by an average of 5.6% over the past five quarters. Revenue has fallen for the past three 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

44.6%

42.7%

48.3%

43.0%

Operating Margin

18.1%

14.3%

21.2%

15.3%

Net Margin

11.4%

7.2%

11.9%

7.7%

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