ABM Industries Incorporated
) is set to report fourth-quarter 2013 results on Dec 9. Last
quarter it posted a 5.1% positive earnings surprise. Let us see
how things are shaping up for this announcement.
In the last reported quarter, ABM Industries reported strong
third quarter fiscal 2013 results (ended July 31, 2013) with net
income of $16.1 million or 29 cents per share compared with $12.6
million or 23 cents per share in the year-earlier quarter.
Growth Factors this Past Quarter
ABM Industries has a healthy pipeline of future businesses and
is particularly going strong in government business. The company
expects to continue its bull run in the coming quarters as well
as healthy margin improvements and seamless integration of
acquired businesses. Management also reiterated that corporate
restructuring initiatives were well on track to have a sustained
long-term growth momentum.
The company has developed a platform to deliver an end-to-end
service model to its clients by realigning its operational
structure to an on-site, mobile and on-demand market-based
structure. This realignment is likely to improve its long-term
growth prospects and provide higher margin opportunities by
enabling it to better deliver end-to-end services to its clients
across urban, suburban and rural areas.
Our proven model does not conclusively show that ABM
Industries is likely to beat earnings estimates this quarter.
This is because a stock needs to have both a positive Earnings
ESP and a Zacks Rank #1, 2 or 3 for this to happen. This is not
the case here as you will see below.
Zacks ESP: The Most Accurate Estimate and the Zacks Consensus
Estimate both currently stand at 45 cents. Thus, the ESP is
Zacks Rank #2 (Buy): ABM Industries carries a Zacks Rank #2
but a positive ESP would have made us confident about an earnings
We caution against stocks with Zacks Rank #4 and 5 (Sell-rated
stocks) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the
company is seeing a negative estimate revisions momentum.
Stocks to Consider
Here are some companies you may want to consider as our model
shows that they have the right combination of elements to post an
earnings beat in the imminent future:
FTI Consulting, Inc.
) with Earnings ESP of + 1.74% and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy)
) with Earnings ESP of +0.60% and a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold)
Microchip Technology Inc
) with Earnings ESP of +0.46% and a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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