Barnes Group Earnings Preview

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Investors are on the edges of their seats, hoping that Barnes Group (NYS: B) will top analyst expectations for the third consecutive quarter. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, Feb. 17. Barnes Group is an international logistical services company and aerospace and industrial components manufacturer serving a range of end markets and customers.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts think investors should stand pat on Barnes Group with four of six analysts rating it hold. Analysts' rating of Barnes Group has stayed constant from three months prior.
  • Revenue Forecasts: On average, analysts predict $311.9 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 10.1% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.32 per share. Estimates range from $0.31 to $0.35.

What our community says:
CAPS All-Stars are strongly supporting the stock, with 95.1% assigning it an "outperform" rating. Most of the community is in line with the All-Stars, with 92.1% awarding it a rating of "outperform." Fools have embraced Barnes Group and haven't been shy with their opinions lately, logging 107 posts in the past 30 days. Even with a robust four out of five stars, Barnes Group's CAPS rating falls a little short of the community's upbeat outlook.

Management:
Barnes Group's profit has risen year-over-year by an average of 62.9% 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. Barnes Group's net margins, which reflect what percentage of revenue becomes profit, have been rising year-over-year for the last four quarters. See how Barnes Group has been doing for the last four quarters:

Quarter

Q3

Q2

Q1

Q4

Gross Margin

35.2%

36.8%

36.3%

35.3%

Operating Margin

10.1%

10.2%

9.2%

6.5%

Net Margin

7.1%

6.8%

6.0%

4.1%

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