Toyota Motor Corporation (TM - Free Report) is set to report second-quarter (ended Sep 30, 2016) fiscal 2017 results on Nov 8. In the last quarter, the company posted a positive earnings surprise of 44.35%. Let’s see how things are shaping up for this announcement.
Factors Influencing this Quarter
Toyota expects fiscal 2017 consolidated revenues, operating income and net earnings to decline. This leads to expectations of weak results in the quarter to be reported. The high number of recalls related to the defective Takata airbag inflators may also lead to higher expenses.
From Apr 2016, Toyota changed its corporate structure to increase the efficiency of its work processes, facilitate faster decision making, and fortify functions that devise its objectives and strategies. This restructuring converted it into a product-based organization from a function-based one. Further, the Toyota New Global Architecture (“TNGA”) initiative focuses on improving the product development process and increasing the competitiveness of production sites. Toyota announced a plan to realign its North American manufacturing operations with the TNGA initiative. These efforts should positively impact the company’s earnings.
Our proven model does not conclusively show that Toyota is likely to beat earnings this quarter. This is because a stock needs to have both a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1, 2 or 3 for this to happen. This is not the case here, as you will see below:
Zacks ESP: The Earnings ESP for Toyota is 0.00% as the Most Accurate estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate both stand at $2.12. Please check our Earnings ESP Filter that enables you to find stocks that are expected to come out with earnings surprises.
Zacks Rank: Toyota carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). We caution against stocks with a Zacks Rank #4 or 5 (Sell-rated stocks) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions.
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Westport Fuel Systems Inc. (WPRT - Free Report) will post third-quarter 2016 results on Nov 9, 2016. The company has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Meritor, Inc. (MTOR - Free Report) – a Zacks Rank #3 stock – will report its fourth-quarter and fiscal 2016 (ended Sep 30, 2016) financial numbers on Nov 16.
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