LCA-Vision Earnings Preview

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

Investors never know what to expect for LCA-Vision (NAS: LCAV) , as it has wavered between topping and missing analysts estimates during the past fiscal year. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, Feb. 14. LCA-Vision is the provider of fixed-site laser vision correction services at its Lasik Plus vision centers.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts don't like LCA-Vision as much as competitor Hanger Orthopedic Group overall. Four out of four analysts rate Hanger Orthopedic Group a buy compared to zero of one for LCA-Vision. LCA-Vision's rating hasn't changed over the past three months.
  • Revenue Forecasts: On average, analysts predict $22.5 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 16.8% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is a loss of $0.10 per share.

What our community says:
CAPS All-Stars are strongly backing the stock, with 95.3% awarding it an "outperform" rating. The community at large concurs with the All-Stars, with 90.5% granting it a rating of "outperform." Fools feel positively about LCA-Vision and haven't been shy with their opinions lately, logging 219 posts in the past 30 days. Despite the majority sentiment in favor of LCA-Vision, the stock has a middling CAPS rating of three out of five stars.

Management:
Now let's look at how efficient management is at running the business. Margins illustrate how efficiently a company captures portions of sales dollars. LCA-Vision has seen increasing operating margins year-over-year for the last four quarters. Operating margins reflect the total sales revenue that the company retains after costs. Here is how LCA-Vision has been doing for the last four quarters:

QuarterQ3Q2Q1Q4
Gross Margin28.2%32.3%41.1%27.3%
Operating Margin(18.8%)(11.3%)6.1%(38.3%)
Net Margin(17.4%)(11.3%)6.3%(37.8%)

One final thing: If you want to keep tabs on LCA-Vision movements, and for more analysis on the company, make sure you add it to your Watchlist.

At the time this article was published Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Copyright © 1995 - 2012 The Motley Fool, LLC. All rights reserved. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Read Full Story

Want more news like this?

Sign up for Finance Report by AOL and get everything from business news to personal finance tips delivered directly to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners