Mercer International ( MERC Quick Quote MERC - Free Report) is scheduled to report third-quarter 2022 results on Oct 27, after market close. Q3 Estimates
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the MERC’s third-quarter earnings is currently pegged at $1.05 per share, indicating an improvement of 1% from the prior-year quarter. The estimate has remained unchanged over the past 30 days.
Mercer International had reported year-over-year improvement in earnings and revenues in the second quarter of 2022. Earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate. MERC has a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 11.4%, on average.
Factors to Note
Mercer International’s third quarter 2022 results are likely to reflect higher pulp prices driven by low customer inventory levels and supply constraints. Higher pulp prices and volumes are likely to be reflected in the third-quarter performance of the pulp segment. However, the Wood Produts segment’s results in the quarter are expected to reflect the impact of lower lumber prices.
The rising interest rate scenario and cost inflation has weighed on the housing market which impacted lumber demand, and consequently its prices. MERC is expected to have witnessed higher energy revenues in the quarter boosted by strong demand and higher prices.
The company had to contend with elevated costs for key inputs including fiber and chemicals as well as freight and energy prices through the quarter. Its surplus energy sales are likely to have acted as a strong hedge against higher energy prices, as seen over the past few quarters. A Major Development During Q3
On Sep 30, MERC announced that it has completed the previously-announced acquisition of Holzindustrie Torgau (HIT), which owns, among other things, a timber processing and value-added pallet production facility in Torgau, Germany, and a wood-processing facility in Dahlen, Germany, that produces garden products.
This buyout will make MERC the largest German pallet producer with an annual lumber capacity of approximately 960 MMfbm. It also diversifies its product mix with the introduction of pallets and biofuels.
What the Zacks Model Unveils
Our proven model does not conclusively predict an earnings beat for Mercer International this time around. The combination of a positive
Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the chances of an earnings beat. You can see . the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter. Earnings ESP: The Earnings ESP for Mercer International is 0.00%. Zacks Rank: MERC currently carries a Zacks Rank of 3. Price Performance Image Source: Zacks Investment Research
Shares of Mercer International have gained 32.9% over the past year, against the
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