Employers Holdings (NYSE: EIG) hasn't been able to establish an earnings trend, bouncing between beating and falling short of estimates during the past fiscal year. The company will unveil its latest earnings Feb. 27. Employers Holdings is a provider of workers' compensation insurance focused on select small businesses engaged in low- to medium-hazard industries.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts think investors should stand pat on Employers Holdings with three of five analysts rating it hold. Analysts like Employers Holdings better than competitor National Interstate overall. Zero out of six analysts rate National Interstate a buy compared to two of five for Employers Holdings. Analysts' rating of Employers Holdings has stayed constant from three months prior.
  • Revenue forecasts: On average, analysts predict $114.4 million in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 1% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street earnings expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.12 per share. Estimates range from $0.05 to $0.18.

What our community says:
CAPS All-Stars are solidly supporting the stock, with 100% granting it an "outperform" rating. The greater community backs the All-Stars, as 95.3% give it a rating of "outperform." Employers Holdings has a bullish CAPS rating of five out of five stars that is about on par with the Fool community assessment.

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.






Net Margin





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