CoreLogic Earnings Preview

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Investors never know what to expect from CoreLogic (NYS: CLGX) , as it has wavered between topping and missing analysts' estimates during the past fiscal year. The company will unveil its latest earnings Wednesday, Nov. 2. CoreLogic is a provider of property, financial, and consumer information, analytics, and services to mortgage originators and servicers, financial institutions and other businesses and government entities.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts think investors should stand pat on CoreLogic, with five of six analysts rating it hold. Analysts don't like CoreLogic as much as competitor Equifax overall. Six out of 11 analysts rate Equifax a buy compared to one of six for CoreLogic.
  • Revenue forecasts: On average, analysts predict $402.7 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a decline of 20.5% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street earnings expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.15 per share. Estimates range from $0.13 to $0.15 .

What our community says:
CAPS All Stars are solidly backing the stock with 84.5% giving it an "outperform" rating. The community at large backs the All Stars with 83% assigning it a rating of "outperform." Fools are gung-ho about CoreLogic and haven't been shy with their opinions lately, logging 106 posts in the past 30 days. CoreLogic's bearish CAPS rating of two out of five stars falls short of the Fool community sentiment.

Management:
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 net margins over the past four quarters. 

QuarterQ2Q1Q4Q3
Net Margin7.9%5.3%(12.2%)(19.3%)
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