Investors hope CLARCOR (NYSE: CLC) will top analyst estimates once again after beating predictions by 1 cent in the previous quarter. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, June 14. Clarcor conducts its business in three industry segments: engine and mobile filtration, industrial and environmental filtration, and packaging.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts think investors should stand pat on CLARCOR with four of six analysts rating it hold. 
  • Revenue Forecasts: On average, analysts predict $282.8 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 9.7% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst is estimating earnings of 56 cents per share. Estimates range from 56 cents to 57 cents.

What our community says:
CAPS All Stars are solidly backing the stock with 80.8% assigning it an "outperform" rating. The community at large agrees with the All Stars with 79.7% giving it a rating of "outperform." Fools have embraced CLARCOR, though the message boards have been quiet lately with only 38 posts in the past 30 days. The bearish CAPS rating of two out of five stars for CLARCOR falls far short of the Fool community enthusiasm for the stock.

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 14.6%, with the biggest boost coming in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year when revenue rose 17.6% from the year-earlier quarter. The company has now seen net income rise in three straight quarters. In the first quarter of the last fiscal year, net income rose 17.5% and in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the figure rose 33.1%.

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 and net margins over the past four quarters. 

Quarter Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2
Gross Margin 32.9% 33.4% 34.8% 32.9%
Net Margin 8.9% 10.5% 10.8% 9.3%

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