Lydall Earnings Preview

Investors never know what to expect for Lydall (NYSE: LDL  ) , as it has wavered between topping and missing analysts' estimates during the past fiscal year. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, Feb. 27. Lydall and its subsidiaries design and manufacture specialty engineered acoustical barriers, filtration media, industrial thermal insulating solutions, temperature-control equipment, and biopharmaceutical processing components.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts are very bullish on this stock, unanimously backing it as a buy. Analysts like Lydall better than competitor Danaher overall. Sixteen out of 17 analysts rate Danaher a buy compared to one out of one for Lydall. Lydall's rating hasn't changed over the past three months.
  • Wall Street earnings expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.13 per share.

What our community says:
CAPS All-Stars are solidly backing the stock, with 94.7% assigning it an outperform rating. The community at large concurs with the All-Stars, with 95.2% giving it a rating of outperform. Lydall has a bullish CAPS rating of five out of five stars that is about on par with the Fool community assessment.

Management:

Now let's get some insight into how efficient management is at running the business. Traditionally, margins serve as an illustration of how efficiently a company captures portions of sales dollars. Lydall has seen increasing operating margins year over year for the last four quarters. Operating margins reflect the total sales revenue that the company retains after costs. Here is how Lydall has been doing for the last four quarters:

Quarter

Q3

Q2

Q1

Q4

Gross Margin

15.5%

18.3%

17.8%

16.3%

Operating Margin

2.4%

5.0%

4.6%

(0.6%)

Net Margin

1.2%

7.8%

2.7%

(0.4%)

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Earnings estimates provided by Zacks.

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