On Sep 13, Zacks Investment Research upgraded
) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
Why the Upgrade?
Solid second quarter results along with an updated guidance for
2013 drove rising earnings estimates for Cardtronics. This global
owner/operator of ATMs delivered positive earnings surprises in 2
of the last 4 quarters, with an average beat of 6.7%. The
long-term expected earnings growth rate for this stock is
On Jul 31, Cardtronics reported second-quarter non-GAAP earnings
per share of 44 cents, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus
Estimate of 39 cents by 12.8% and the year-ago earnings of 33
cents by 33.3%. A revenue increase of 8%, attributable to
increase in ATM operating revenues, fueled the outperformance.
Following a strong second quarter, Cardtronics expects earnings
in 2013 between $1.79 and $1.84 per share. The company expects to
generate $825-$840 million in revenues in 2013.
The company's growth story seems impressive based on its
Additionally, Cardtronics, in its effort to further strengthen
its focus on growth and profitability, launched Enterprise Growth
Group. This new internal organization will work on strategic
initiatives like new product development, mergers and
acquisitions, strategy development, and business analytics.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2013 moved up by 6.2% to $1.71
per share as all the estimates moved north over the last 60 days.
The current estimate is below the guidance range provided by
Cardtronics. For 2014, 2 of 3 estimates moved upward over the
same time frame, pushing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 10.7% to
$2.01 per share.
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