Gatx Earnings: What Investors Should Watch

Gatx (NYSE:GMT) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, July 18th. 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 $0.85 per share on revenues of $342.76 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 16.41.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.89 to a profit $0.92. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $3.19, 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 ($) in millions 1,443 1,154 1,205 1,309 1,243
Diluted EPS ($) 3.89 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 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012 Mar. 31, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 343.00 362.50 331.70 272.30
Diluted EPS ($) 0.49 1.13 0.62 0.57

Past Performance:
Gatx has beat analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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