Analysts’ Forecasts for FMC Technologies before Its 4Q15 Earnings
Approximately 48% of analysts tracking FMC Technologies rate it a “buy” or some equivalent. Approximately 52% rate the company a “hold” or an equivalent, and none recommended a “sell.”
FMC Technologies’ (FTI) share price was at its one-year high of ~$44 by the end of April 2015. Since then, it has trended down.
Since 3Q14, FMC Technologies’ (FTI) revenues have decreased 22% through 3Q15. Lower North America drilling activity decreased FTI’s measurement solutions business, and a strengthening US dollar affected FTI’s revenues negatively during this period.
In 4Q15, analysts expect to see $0.48 adjusted net earnings per share for FMC Technologies (FTI). This means that Wall Street analysts expect FTI’s 4Q15 earnings to decrease by 21% from the 3Q15 adjusted EPS of $0.61.
Despite IBM’s Strategic Imperatives’ double-digit growth, IBM has been unable to post any revenue growth in the last 15 consecutive quarters. As a result, IBM’s stock touched a five-year low in late 2015.
Ustream is likely to boost IBM’s Strategic Imperatives segment, which relates to IBM’s investment in cloud, analytics, mobile, social, and security technologies.
IBM announced the formation of its new Cloud Video services unit that will encompass IBM’s recent acquisitions: UStream, ClearLeap, Cleversafe, and Aspera
On January 25, IBM announced the acquisition of Ustream, a live video conferencing platform. Although IBM has not provided financial details of the deal, estimates by Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal indicate that IBM paid ~$130 million for Ustream.
According to Paul Papas, the global leader for IBM iX, iX is an integrated solution for design, business strategy, mobile, systems integration, and technological implementation.
With Ecx.io and Aperto under its umbrella, IBM is trying aggressively to tap the German market as it already has a presence in the UK, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
IBM is not the only company in the IT sector that is keen on the digital agency and marketing space. Accenture (ACN) recently acquired Boomerang Pharmaceutical Communications in December 2015.
IBM announced the acquisition of digital marketing agency Resource/Ammirati on January 28, 2016. This marked the company’s first acquisition in the digital agency space.
The acquisition of Aperto, which is a Germany-based online advertising agency, was announced by IBM on February 2, 2016. Aperto’s acquisition occurred close on the heels of the Resource/Ammirati acquisition on January 28.
We are a little over one month into 2016 and IBM has already announced five acquisitions. The most recent addition to the company’s portfolio is Ecx.io, a German design and creative services agency.
Level 3’s revenue was $2.1 billion in 4Q15. This figure was 0.5% below the consensus estimate of Wall Street analysts. In 4Q14, the company’s revenue was $1.9 billion.
Level 3 Communications (LVLT) reported its 4Q15 results on February 4, 2016. The market received the results and guidance for 2016 positively, and the stock rose 6.9%.
According to its latest 10-Q filing, Peabody Energy has $6.3 billion of debt as of September 30, 2015. Almost a fourth of this debt is due in November 2016.
Peabody Energy reported a gross margin of 11.6% in 3Q15. Analysts expect a slight increase in gross margin to 12% in 4Q15, attributable to a decrease in direct costs.
Peabody Energy (BTU) reported $1.42 billion as consolidated revenue for 3Q15. Analysts estimate it will report $1.35 billion in 4Q15, almost 5% less on a QoQ basis.
Analysts expect Peabody Energy to report muted 4Q15 earnings figures. They see a nearly 5% reduction in total revenues when compared with the previous quarter.