Gatx Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Continue?

Gatx (NYSE:GMT) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, April 25th. GATX Corporation is a specialized finance and leasing company focusing on the rail, marine and other targeted assets. The Company is a full service lessor of rail, tank and freight cars. GATX also manages transportation and other leased assets on behalf of third parties.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Gatx Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.70 per share on revenues of $268.33 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 17.32.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $0.86 to a profit $0.85. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $3.21, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Gatx has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1,443 1,154 1,114 1,191 1,243
Diluted EPS ($) 3.88 1.70 1.72 2.35 2.88

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 240.00 290.00 341.70 362.50 249.00
Diluted EPS ($) 0.67 0.64 0.49 1.13 0.62

Past Performance:
Gatx has beat analyst estimates 4 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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