Investors never know what to expect for NCR (NYSE: NCR), as it has wavered between topping and missing analysts estimates during the past fiscal year. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, July 21. NCR is a global technology company provides solutions for multiple industries, including financial services, retail and hospitality, travel and gaming, health care and the public sector, entertainment, and software and technology services.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts strongly back NCR, with four of six rating it a buy and the remainder rating it a hold. Analysts like NCR better than competitor Crane overall. Analysts still rate the stock a moderate buy, but they are a bit more wary about it compared with three months ago.
  • Revenue forecasts: On average, analysts predict $1.25 billion in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 5.9% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street earnings expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.42 per share. Estimates range from $0.39 to $0.44.

What our community says:
CAPS All-Stars are solidly backing the stock, with 94.9% awarding it an "outperform" rating. The community at large concurs with the All-Stars, with 92.1% assigning it a rating of "outperform." Fools are keen on NCR and haven't been shy with their opinions lately, logging 106 posts in the past 30 days. Even with a robust four out of five stars, NCR's CAPS rating falls a little short of the community's upbeat outlook.

NCR's profit has risen year over year by an average of 37.5%. Revenue has now gone up for three straight quarters.

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 19.2% 20.3% 20.4% 20.5%
Operating Margin 0.5% 3.7% 2.8% 2.6%
Net Margin 1.2% 2.8% 6.9% 2.6%
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