After beating estimates last quarter by 19 cents, Lindsay (NYSE: LNN) has set the standard for itself. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, June 29. Lindsay is a designer and manufacturer of self-propelled center pivot and lateral move irrigation systems used in the agricultural industry to increase or stabilize crop production while conserving water, energy, and labor.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts think investors should stand pat on Lindsay with four of five analysts rating it hold.
  • Revenue Forecasts: On average, analysts predict $136.1 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 36% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst is estimating earnings of 96 cents per share. Estimates range from 80 cents to $1.06.

What our community says:
CAPS All Stars are solidly behind the stock with 94.8% granting it an "outperform" rating. The community at large agrees with the All Stars with 91.3% assigning it a rating of "outperform." Fools have embraced Lindsay and haven't been shy with their opinions lately, logging 126 posts in the past 30 days. Even with a robust four out of five stars, Lindsay's CAPS rating falls a little short of the community's upbeat outlook.

Lindsay's profit has risen year over year by an average of 64.6%. Revenue has now gone up for three straight quarters. The company raised its gross margin by 2.3 percentage points in the last quarter. Revenue rose 41% while cost of sales rose 36.6% to $86.2 million from a year earlier.

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 Q2 Q1 Q4 Q3
Gross Margin 28.3% 27.2% 29.5% 25.2%
Net Margin 9.4% 4.8% 6.8% 6.2%

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