Artisan Partners Asset Management (APAM) posted quarterly earnings of $0.98 per share, in line with Zacks’ consensus estimate. That compares to earnings of $1.13 per share a year ago. These figures are adjusted for non-recurring items.
A quarter ago, this investment management company was expected to post earnings of $1.25 per share when it actually produced earnings of $1.29, delivering a surprise 3, 20%.
In the past four quarters, the company has exceeded consensus EPS estimates three times.
Artisan Partners, which is part of the Zacks Financial – Investment Management segment, reported revenue of $281.6 million for the three months ended March 2022, missing Zacks’ consensus estimate by 1.78%. That compares to revenues of $290.7 million a year ago. The company has exceeded consensus revenue estimates three times in the past four quarters.
The sustainability of the immediate stock price movement based on recently released numbers and future earnings forecasts will primarily depend on management’s comments on the earnings call.
Shares of Artisan Partners have lost about 21.6% year-to-date compared to a -9.9% decline for the S&P 500.
What is the next step for partner artisans?
While Artisan Partners has underperformed the market so far this year, the question on investors’ minds is: what’s next for the stock?
There is no easy answer to this key question, but a reliable measure that can help investors answer it is the company’s earnings outlook. This includes not only current consensus earnings expectations for the upcoming quarter(s), but also how those expectations have changed recently.
Empirical research shows a strong correlation between short-term stock movements and trends in earnings estimate revisions. Investors can track these revisions on their own or rely on a proven scoring tool like Zacks Rank, which has an impressive track record of harnessing the power of earnings estimate revisions.
Prior to this publication of the results, the trend of revisions of estimates for Artisan Partners: unfavourable. While the magnitude and direction of estimate revisions may change following the release of the company’s earnings report, the current situation translates into a Zacks No. 4 (sell) ranking for the stock. Thus, stocks are expected to underperform the market in the near future. You can see the full list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
It will be interesting to see how the estimates for the next few quarters and the current fiscal year change in the days ahead. The current consensus EPS estimate is $0.99 on $288 million in revenue for the upcoming quarter and $4.03 on $1.17 billion in revenue for the current fiscal year.
Investors should be aware that the outlook for the sector can also have a significant impact on stock performance. In terms of Zacks industry rankings, Financial – Investment Management is currently in the bottom 14% of over 250 Zacks industries. Our research shows that the top 50% of industries ranked by Zacks outperform the bottom 50% by a factor of more than 2 to 1.
Another stock in the same sector, T. Rowe Price (TROW), has not yet released its results for the quarter ended March 2022. The results are expected to be released on April 28.
This financial services company is expected to post quarterly earnings of $2.73 per share in its next report, representing a year-over-year change of -9.3%. The consensus EPS estimate for the quarter has been revised down 4.9% in the past 30 days from the current level.
Revenue for T. Rowe Price is expected to be $1.86 billion, up 2% from the year-ago quarter.
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