QUaker Chemical (KWR) posted quarterly earnings of $1.32 per share, beating Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.08 per share. That compares to earnings of $1.82 per share a year ago. These figures are adjusted for non-recurring items.
This quarterly report represents an earnings surprise of 22.22%. A quarter ago, this specialty chemicals company was expected to post a profit of $1.42 per share when it actually produced a profit of $1.42, unsurprisingly.
In the past four quarters, the company has exceeded consensus EPS estimates twice.
The sustainability of the immediate stock price movement based on recently released numbers and future earnings forecasts will primarily depend on management’s comments on the earnings call.
Shares of Quaker Chemical have lost about 32.8% year-to-date compared to a -12.8% decline for the S&P 500.
What’s next for Quaker Chemical?
As Quaker Chemical has underperformed the market so far this year, the question on investors’ minds is: what’s next for the stock?
There is no easy answer to this key question, but a reliable measure that can help investors answer it is the company’s earnings outlook. This includes not only current consensus earnings expectations for the upcoming quarter(s), but also how those expectations have changed recently.
Empirical research shows a strong correlation between short-term stock movements and trends in earnings estimate revisions. Investors can track these revisions on their own or rely on a proven scoring tool like Zacks Rank, which has an impressive track record of harnessing the power of earnings estimate revisions.
Prior to this publication of results, the trend of revisions to estimates for Quaker Chemical: unfavourable. While the magnitude and direction of estimate revisions may change following the release of the company’s earnings report, the current situation translates into a Zacks No. 5 ranking (strong sell) for the stock. Thus, stocks are expected to underperform the market in the near future. You can see the full list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
It will be interesting to see how the estimates for the next few quarters and the current fiscal year change in the days ahead. The current consensus EPS estimate is $1.80 on $500.94 million in revenue for the upcoming quarter and $6.08 on $1.92 billion in revenue for the current fiscal year.
Investors should be aware that the outlook for the sector can also have a significant impact on stock performance. In terms of Zacks industry rankings, Chemical – Specialty is currently in the bottom 44% of over 250 Zacks industries. Our research shows that the top 50% of industries ranked by Zacks outperform the bottom 50% by a factor of more than 2 to 1.
Another stock in the same sector, Zymergen (ZY), has yet to report results for the quarter ending June 2022.
This bio-based product developer is expected to post a quarterly loss of $0.75 per share in its next report, representing a year-over-year change of +42.3%. The consensus EPS estimate for the quarter remained unchanged for the past 30 days.
Zymergen revenue is expected to be $3.25 million, down 44.9% from the prior year quarter.
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