Investors never know what to expect from ManTech International (Nasdaq: MANT), 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. ManTech International is a provider of innovative technologies and solutions for mission-critical national security programs.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts think investors should stand pat on ManTech International, with 11 of 16 analysts rating it hold. Analysts like ManTech International better than competitor SRA International overall. One out of 12 analysts rates SRA International a buy, compared with three of 16 for ManTech International. ManTech International's rating hasn't changed over the past three months.
  • Revenue forecasts: On average, analysts predict $741.1 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 12% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street earnings expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.96 per share. Estimates range from $0.88 to $1.00.

What our community says:
CAPS All-Stars are solidly behind the stock, with 96.4% assigning it an "outperform" rating. The community at large concurs with the All-Stars, with 97.7% awarding it a rating of "outperform." Fools are gung-ho about ManTech International, though the message boards have been quiet lately, with only 72 posts in the past 30 days. Even with a robust four out of five stars, ManTech International's CAPS rating falls a little short of the community's upbeat outlook.

Management:
ManTech International's profit has risen year over year by an average of 12.8%.

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 14.4% 15.3% 15.5% 15%
Operating Margin 8% 8.4% 8.3% 8.5%
Net Margin 4.6% 4.9% 4.8% 4.9%
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