Hub Group Earnings: What Investors Should Watch

Hub Group (NASDAQ:HUBG) will report earnings after markets close on Thursday, July 18th. Hub Group, Inc. is a full-service transportation provider, offering intermodal, truck brokerage, and logistics services. The Company arranges for the movement of its customers’ freight in containers and trailers over long distances. Hub Group operates through a nationwide network of hubs, located near significant concentrations of shipping customers and railheads.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Hub Group Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.49 per share on revenues of $827.03 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 20.01.

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 $0.57 to a profit $0.56. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $2.05, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

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

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1,861 1,511 1,834 2,752 3,124
Diluted EPS ($) 1.58 0.91 1.16 1.57 1.83

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 ($) in millions 778.31 804.89 801.02 768.98
Diluted EPS ($) 0.46 0.50 0.51 0.42

Past Performance:
Hub Group has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)