ASure Software Inc (ASUR) exited with quarterly earnings of $0.02 per share, beating Zacks consensus estimate of a loss of $0.04 per share. This compares to the earnings per share breakeven a year ago. These figures are adjusted for non-recurring items.
This quarterly report represents a 150% earnings surprise. A quarter ago, this company was expected to post a loss of $0.03 per share when it actually produced a loss of $0.01, delivering a surprise of 66.67%.
In the past four quarters, the company has exceeded consensus EPS estimates four times.
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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 Asure Software Inc have lost about 11.8% year-to-date versus a -11.8% decline for the S&P 500.
What’s next for Asure Software Inc?
As Asure Software Inc has outperformed the market so far this year, the question on investors’ minds is: what’s next for the stock?
There are no easy answers to this key question, but one reliable metric 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.
Before this publication of the results, the trend of the revisions of the estimates for Asure Software Inc: mixed. 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 No. 3 (hold) Zacks ranking for the stock. Thus, the shares should move in line with 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 $0.13 on $24.69 million in revenue for the upcoming quarter and $0.12 on $87.86 million 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, Internet – Delivery Services currently sits in the bottom 11% of Zacks 250+ 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 Zacks Computer and Technology’s broader sector, Simulations Plus (SLP), has yet to report results for the quarter ending February 2022.
The maker of software used in pharmaceutical research is expected to post quarterly earnings of $0.14 per share in its next report, representing a year-over-year change of -6.7%. The consensus EPS estimate for the quarter remained unchanged for the past 30 days.
Simulations Plus revenue is expected to be $15.03 million, up 14.3% from the prior year quarter.
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