Delphi Automotive PLCDLPH is set to report fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 results on Feb 2. In the last quarter, the company posted a positive earnings surprise of 5.63%. Let's see how things are shaping up for this announcement.
Why a Likely Positive Surprise?
Our proven model shows that Delphi Automotive is likely to beat earnings this season because it has the right combination of the two key components.
Zacks ESP:Earnings ESP , which represents the difference between the Most Accurate estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate, is currently pegged at +1.88%. A favorable Zacks ESP serves as a meaningful and leading indicator of a likely positive earnings surprise. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they're reported with our Earnings ESP Filter .
Delphi Automotive PLC Price and EPS Surprise
Zacks Rank: Delphi Automotive currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Note that stocks with a Zacks Ranks #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 have a significantly higher chance of beating earnings. Conversely, we caution against Sell-rated stocks (#4 or 5) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions..
Delphi Automotive's Zacks Rank #3 and positive ESP make us reasonably confident of a positive earnings beat.
What is Driving the Better-than-Expected Earnings?
Delphi Automotive is one of the largest vehicle parts manufacturers in the world. The company's innovative products have helped it to secure all the 25 leading global automobile manufacturers as customers.
Delphi Automotive regularly undertakes acquisitions and alliances to enhance technological capability, increase operating scale, augment client base and expand geographically. The HellermannTyton Group acquisition has been boosting the company's earnings. The transaction is expected to boost Delphi Automotive's earnings by 15 cents per share, excluding one-time integration expenses, from 2016.
For 2016, Delphi Automotive expects revenues, adjusted earnings per share, adjusted operating income and operating cash flow to increase over 2015. This raises hopes for good results in the fourth quarter.
Delphi Automotive has significantly underperformed the Zacks categorized Automotive-Original Equipment industry over the last 3 months, due to falling vehicle production in South America and loss of revenues from divested businesses. Production cuts in South America by some automakers are adversely affecting Delphi Automotive's sales in the region. The company's shares have gained 9.1% over the last 3 months, compared with a 17.2% rise recorded by the industry.
Stocks to Consider
Here are some companies you may want to consider as our model shows that these have the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat this quarter:
Wabash National Corporation WNC has an Earnings ESP of +5.13% and a Zacks Rank #1. The company is expected to report fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 results on Jan 31. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Autoliv Inc. ALV has an Earnings ESP of +1.63% and a Zacks Rank #3. The company's fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 financial results are scheduled for release on Feb 2.
American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. AXL has an Earnings ESP of +2.94% and a Zacks Rank #3. The company is expected to report fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 financial numbers on Feb 10.
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