Have you been eager to see how Franklin Resources Inc. (BEN - Free Report) performed in fiscal Q3 in comparison with the market expectations? Let’s quickly scan through the key facts from this CA-based popular asset management firm’s earnings release this morning:
In Line Earnings
Franklin Resources came out with earnings per share of 73 cents, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Lower revenues and higher operating expenses were recorded.
How Was the Estimate Revision Trend?
You should note that the earnings estimate revisions for Franklin Resources depicted neutral stance prior to the earnings release. The Zacks Consensus Estimate remained stable over the last 7 days.
Further, Franklin Resources has a decent earnings surprise history. Before posting in line earnings in fiscal Q3, the company delivered positive surprises in all the prior four quarters. Overall, the company surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by an average of 14.8% in the trailing four quarters.
Revenue Came In Lower Than Expected
Franklin Resources posted revenues of $1.61 billion, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.63 billion. Further, it compared unfavorably with the year-ago number of $1.63 billion.
Key Stats to Note:
- Operating expenses were up 1% year over year
- Revenues were down 1% year over year
- Assets Under Management were up 1% year over year
What Zacks Rank Says
The estimate revisions that we discussed earlier have driven a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) for Franklin Resources. However, since the latest earnings performance is yet to be reflected in the estimate revisions, the rank is subject to change. It all depends on what sense the just-released report makes to the analysts.
(You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.)
Check back later for our full write up on this Franklin Resources earnings report!
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