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Coming Soon: Ebix Earnings

Ebix (Nasdaq: EBIX  ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on March 14. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:

The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Ebix's revenues will expand 23.4% and EPS will grow 2.3%.

The average estimate for revenue is $54.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.45.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Ebix notched revenue of $53.8 million. GAAP reported sales were 26% higher than the prior-year quarter's $42.6 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Last quarter, EPS came in at $0.46. GAAP EPS of $0.46 for Q3 were 12% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.41 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 82.3%, 270 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 38.5%, 80 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 33.6%, 520 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $199.7 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.78.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,538 members out of 1,578 rating the stock outperform, and 40 members rating it underperform. Among 335 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 329 give Ebix a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Ebix is buy, with an average price target of $27.50.

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  • Report this Comment On March 11, 2013, at 9:41 PM, peanutgalerygeek wrote:

    I've been following the uproar over the filed SEC docs for a couple of weeks now and have gotten the general idea that it is a tempest in a tea pot or, maybe said better as 'cub reporter gone wild'.

    Anybody else have any thoughts on this?

  • Report this Comment On March 11, 2013, at 10:47 PM, Olipso wrote:

    I've been following the "uproar". The guy's name is Daniel Yu masquerading as a stealth research company. He admits he's a short. His "report" is has an unwarranted amount of emotional language.

    He, like so many other people, don't have a solid foundation in IFRS accounting. Because international accounting is so complex, he has taken the opportunity to make wildly inaccurate allegations and sling mud all over Ebix.

    I thanked him for allowing me to buy a great company cheap, and said he should be sued for libel.

  • Report this Comment On March 12, 2013, at 4:19 PM, peanutgalerygeek wrote:

    Dig.... all in dumb ass cub reporter gone wild to the point of betting on his own money on his bad conclusions. Oops.

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