Watch Werner Enterprises' (Nasdaq: WERN) earnings report to see whether it can beat analyst expectations for the fourth consecutive quarter. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, July 20. Werner Enterprises is a transportation and logistics company, which is engaged mainly in hauling truckload shipments of general commodities in both interstate and intrastate commerce.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts are bullish on this stock, with 14 rating it as a buy and only one rating it as a sell. Analysts like Werner Enterprises better than competitor Knight Transportation overall. Wall Street has warmed to the stock over the past three months, with analysts increasing their endorsement from hold to a moderate buy.
  • Revenue forecasts: On average, analysts predict $512.4 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 10.6% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street earnings expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.34 per share. Estimates range from $0.29 to $0.36.

What our community says:
The majority of CAPS All-Stars see Werner Enterprises as a good bet, with 62.1% giving it an "outperform" rating. The majority of Fools are in agreement with the All-Stars, as 67.5% give it an "outperform" rating. Fools are keen on Werner Enterprises, though the message boards have been quiet lately, with only 30 posts in the past 30 days. Werner Enterprises' bearish CAPS rating of two out of five stars falls short of the Fool community's sentiment.

Management:
Werner Enterprises' profit has risen year over year by an average of 44.1%. Revenue has now gone up for three straight quarters. The company's gross margin shrank by 3.2 percentage points in the last quarter. Revenue rose 10.4%, while cost of sales rose 18% to $231.5 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, operating, and net margins over the past four quarters. 

Quarter Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2
Gross Margin 50.7% 52% 55% 53.9%
Operating Margin 5.2% 8.6% 8.7% 7.7%
Net Margin 3.5% 5.2% 5.2% 4.5%
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