Earnings Outlook For USA Truck

On Thursday, April 29, USA Truck (NASDAQ:USAK) will release its latest earnings report. Benzinga’s outlook for USA Truck is included in the following report.

Net Income, Earnings, And Earnings Per Share

Earnings and especially earnings per share (EPS) are useful measures of a company’s profitability. Total earnings, which is also referred to as net income, equals total revenue minus total expenses.

EPS equals to net income divided by the number of shares outstanding.

Earnings And Revenue

Wall Street expects EPS of £0.23 and sales around £154.70 million. USA Truck reported a loss of £0.26 when it published results during the same quarter last year. Sales in that period totaled £126.77 million.

Why Analyst Estimates And Earnings Surprises Are Important

Analysts who cover this company will publish forward-looking estimates of its revenue and EPS each quarter.

Averaging together every EPS and revenue prediction that each analyst makes about a company in a quarter yields the “consensus estimates.” A company posting earnings or revenue above or below the consensus estimate is known as an “earnings surprise” and may move the stock by a considerable margin. If the company were to match the consensus estimate, earnings would be up 188.46%. Revenue would be up 22.03% on a year-over-year basis.

Here is how the company’s reported EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:

Quarter

Q4 2021

Q3 2020

Q2 2020

Q1 2020

EPS Estimate 0.42 0.06 -0.09 -0.32
EPS Actual 0.70 0.29 -0.06 -0.26
Revenue Estimate 145.65 M 132.63 M 119.23 M 124.77 M
Revenue Actual 158.84 M 141.79 M 123.74 M 126.77 M

Stock Performance

Over the last 52-week period, shares are up 206.22%. Given that these returns are generally positive, long-term shareholders can be content going into this earnings release. Do not be surprised to see the stock move on comments made during its conference call.

USA Truck is scheduled to hold the call at 09:00:00 ET and can be accessed here.