October 10, 2011
Watch Valmont Industries' (NYSE: VMI ) earnings report to see if it can beat analyst expectations for the third consecutive quarter. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, October 13. Valmont Industries is the producer of fabricated metal products and mechanized irrigation systems.
What analysts say:
- Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts strongly back Valmont Industries, with six of seven rating it a buy and the remainder rating it a hold. Analysts like Valmont Industries better than competitor Apogee Enterprises overall. Analysts still rate the stock a moderate buy, but they are a bit more wary about it compared to three months ago.
- Revenue Forecasts: On average, analysts predict $642 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 21.6% from the year-ago quarter.
- Wall Street Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $1.54 per share. Estimates range from $1.47 to $1.67.
What our community says:
CAPS All-Stars are solidly backing the stock with 97.1% awarding it an "outperform" rating. The community at large concurs with the All-Stars with 95.4% giving it a rating of "outperform." Fools are bullish on Valmont Industries, though the message boards have been quiet lately with only 71 posts in the past 30 days. Even with a robust four out of five stars, Valmont Industries' CAPS rating falls a little short of the community's upbeat outlook.
Valmont Industries' profit has risen year over year by an average of 50.9% over the past five quarters.
Now let's look at how efficient management is at running the business. Traditionally, margins represent the efficiency with which companies capture portions of sales dollars. The following table shows gross, operating, and net margins over the past four quarters.
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