iRobot CorporationIRBT is scheduled to report its third-quarter 2016 figures after the opening bell on Oct 25, 2016.
Let's see how things are shaping up prior to this announcement.
iRobot believes that the robust momentum of its U.S. business and strategic marketing programs would fuel top- and bottom-line growth in the quarter to be reported. Notably, rise in demand of the premium home robotics' mopping product - Braava jet - would boost aggregate sales in the quarter. The product is currently available in the niche Asian markets, such as China and Japan, where the end-users are highly enthusiastic to buy smart home automation robotic products.
Also, increased consumer adoption of the company's robot - Roomba - is expected to supplement the company's Asian market sales in the quarter. iRobot anticipates generating revenues within the range of $155-$160 million in this quarter, an approximate 14-17% increment from the year-ago tally. Meanwhile, adjusted earnings are projected to lie within the range of 40-45 cents per share.
iRobot is poised to grow on the back of meaningful innovations, strategic marketing programs and diligent restructuring initiatives. However, certain headwinds, such as fall in customers' brand loyalty, emergence of an unfavorable political outcome in the market or sluggish global economic growth might be serious setbacks.
Our proven model does not conclusively show that iRobot is likely to beat earnings this quarter. That is because a stock needs to have both a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) for this to happen. That is not the case here as we will see below.
Zacks ESP: iRobot currently has an Earnings ESP of 0.00%. This is because both the Zacks Consensus Estimate and the Most Accurate estimate stand at 42 cents.
IROBOT CORP Price and EPS Surprise
Zacks Rank: iRobot carries a Zacks Rank #3. However, a 0.00% ESP makes surprise prediction difficult.
Note that we caution against Sell-rated stocks (Zacks Rank #4 or 5) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions.
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