Viad Earnings Preview

After beating estimates last quarter by $0.06, Viad (NYSE: VVI  ) has set the standard for itself. The company will unveil its latest earnings Friday. Viad provides high-quality, place-based marketing services in North America, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as travel and recreation services in the United States and Canada.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts don't like Viad as much as competitor Interval Leisure Group overall. One out of one analysts rate Interval Leisure Group a buy compared with zero of one for Viad. Analysts haven't adjusted their rating of Viad for the past three months.
  • Wall Street Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.12 per share.

What our community says:
CAPS All-Stars are solidly behind the stock with 95.5% granting it an "outperform" rating. The community at large agrees with the All-Stars with 88.2% giving it a rating of "outperform." Fools are gung-ho about Viad, though the message boards have been quiet lately with only 21 posts in the past 30 days. The bullish CAPS rating of five out of five stars for Viad outpaces Fool enthusiasm for the company.

Management:
Revenue has now gone up for three straight 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.

Quarter

Q2

Q1

Q4

Q3

Gross Margin

4.1%

5.9%

(1.7%)

4.6%

Operating Margin

2.9%

5.4%

(3.7%)

3.6%

Net Margin

1.9%

3.4%

(2.4%)

2.2%

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