Investors never know what to expect for Everest Re Group (NYSE: RE), as it has wavered between topping and missing analysts estimates during the past fiscal year. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, July 27. Everest Re Group, through its subsidiaries, mainly provides reinsurance and insurance in the U.S., Bermuda, and international markets.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts think investors should stand pat on Everest Re Group, with eight of 11 analysts rating it a hold. Analysts don't like Everest Re Group as much as competitor RenaissanceRe Holdings overall. Six out of 14 analysts rate RenaissanceRe Holdings a buy, compared with three of 11 for Everest Re Group. Analysts still rate the stock a hold, but they are a bit more wary about it compared with three months ago.
  • Revenue forecasts: On average, analysts predict $1 billion in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 5.4% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street earnings expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $2.44 per share. Estimates range from $2.09 to $2.75.

What our community says:
CAPS All-Stars are solidly backing the stock, with 94.4% awarding it an "outperform" rating. The community at large concurs with the All-Stars, with 87% granting it a rating of "outperform." Fools are gung-ho about Everest Re Group, though the message boards have been quiet lately, with only 44 posts in the past 30 days. Though still bullish, the CAPS rating of four out of five stars for Everest Re Group is a bit more pessimistic than the community's assessment.

Management:
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 net margins over the past four quarters. 

Quarter Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2
Net Margin (26.2%) 24% 14.8% 14.3%
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