Investment management industry, part of the broader Finance sector, has performed decently over the past several quarters. A modest performance of equity markets in the recent months was the key driver. In fact, post Brexit, majority of the industry participants have witnessed a notable rise in average assets under management (AUM).
Results of the investment management companies, which have already reported their third-quarter numbers, reflect this trend with favorable asset growth and strong trading activity.
However, the recently heightened regulatory restrictions have created a challenging backdrop for the traditional asset managers. Also, equity markets became volatile towards the end of the quarter, raising concerns regarding future prospects of the industry as a whole.
On the other hand, per our Earnings Preview
report, overall earnings for the Finance sector in third-quarter 2016 are expected to be up 12.3% year over year.
Let's have a look at the three investment management firms that are scheduled to report their results on Nov 2. OM Asset Management plc OMAM
will announce its third-quarter 2016 results before the opening bell. The Zacks Consensus Estimate has remained stable for this stock ahead of its earnings release. The estimate of 30 cents per share reflects a year-over-year decline of 2.15%.
However, based on our proven model, we expect OM Asset to beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the upcoming release. This is because, the stock has the combination of a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and Earnings ESP
of +3.33%, highlighting greater chances of an earnings beat.
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Also, the company boasts a decent earnings surprise history. The stock has outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate in two of the trailing four quarters, recording an average positive earnings surprise of 1.7%.
OM ASSET MGMT Price and EPS Surprise
OM ASSET MGMT Price and EPS Surprise | OM ASSET MGMT Quote
Prospect Capital Corporation PSEC will report its first-quarter fiscal 2017 (ended Sep 30) result. The stock carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) and has an Earnings ESP of 0.00%. This makes it less likely to beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the forthcoming release. Though a Zacks Rank #3 increases the predictive power, we also need a positive Earnings ESP for an earnings surprise call.
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Moreover, the Zacks Consensus Estimate has remained stable for this stock ahead of its earnings release. The estimate of 24 cents per share reflects a year-over-year fall of 7.69%.
Nonetheless, the company boasts a decent earnings surprise history. The stock has surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the trailing four quarters, recording an average positive earnings surprise of 4%.
PROSPECT CAP CP Price and EPS Surprise
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GAMCO Investors, Inc. GBL is scheduled to release its third-quarter 2016 results. The Zacks Consensus Estimate has remained stable for this stock ahead of its earnings release. Notably, the estimate of 93 cents per share reflects year-over-year growth of 57.6%.
However, the stock is less likely to beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the forthcoming release, as it holds a Zacks Rank #3 and an Earnings ESP of 0.00%.
Moreover, the company does not have a decent earnings surprise history. The stock lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the trailing four quarters, recording an average negative earnings surprise of 20.7%.
GAMCO INVESTORS Price and EPS Surprise
GAMCO INVESTORS Price and EPS Surprise | GAMCO INVESTORS Quote
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