Marcus (NYSE: MCS) beat estimates by 2 cents last quarter and investors are hoping it can beat them again. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, December 15. Marcus Corporation is engaged in the lodging and entertainment industries.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts are very bullish on this stock, unanimously backing it as a buy. Marcus' rating hasn't changed over the past three months.
  • Revenue Forecasts: On average, analysts predict $93 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 7.2% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of 11 cents per share.

What our community says:
CAPS All Stars are solidly behind the stock with 100% giving it an "outperform" rating. The community at large backs the All Stars with 92.9% awarding it a rating of "outperform." Fools have embraced Marcus, though the message boards have been quiet lately with only 23 posts in the past 30 days. Despite the majority sentiment in favor of Marcus, the stock has a middling CAPS rating of three out of five stars.

Management:
The company's revenue has now risen for two 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

50.3%

47.6%

41.7%

47.7%

Operating Margin

18.8%

9.3%

0.1%

6.2%

Net Margin

10.1%

3.8%

-2.4%

2.4%

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