Roper Industries Inc.
) is set to report first quarter 2014 results on Apr 28. Last
quarter it posted a 3.12% positive surprise. We note that Roper
has outperformed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the preceding
four quarters with an average positive surprise of 1.48%.
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Let's see how things are shaping up for this announcement.
Growth Factors this Past Quarter
Roper reported impressive results in the fourth quarter of 2013
and the management provided an upbeat guidance too. A strong
backlog and robust organic growth are expected to drive earnings.
Moreover, accretive acquisitions will expand the company's
product portfolio, providing a significant competitive edge over
However, macroeconomic concerns, integration issues due to
acquisitions and competition from
) are significant headwinds. Moreover, a high debt level is a
major concern, going forward.
Our proven model does not conclusively show that Roper is likely
to beat earnings this quarter. That is because a stock needs to
have both a positive
and a Zacks Rank of #1, 2 or 3 for this to happen. That is not
the case here as you will see below.
Negative Zacks ESP:
That is because the Most Accurate estimate stands at $1.33 while
the Zacks Consensus Estimate is higher at $1.35. That is a
difference of -1.48%.
Zacks Rank #3 (Hold):
Roper's Zacks Rank #3 when combined with a negative ESP makes
surprise prediction difficult. We caution against stocks with
Zacks Ranks #4 and #5 (Sell-rated stocks) going into the earnings
announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative
estimate revisions momentum.