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Eaton Vance (EV) Lags on Q4 Earnings & Revenue Estimates
November 21, 2017

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Have you been eager to see how Eaton Vance Corp. (EV - Free Report) performed in fourth-quarter fiscal 2017 (ended Jul 31) in comparison with the market expectations? Let’s quickly scan through the key facts from this Massachusetts-based investment management firm’s earnings release this morning:

An Earnings Miss

Eaton Vance came out with adjusted earnings per share of 70 cents, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny.

Higher expenses were largely responsible for the earnings lag.

How Was the Estimate Revision Trend?

You should note that the earnings estimate for Eaton Vance depicted optimism prior to the earnings release. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current quarter rose 1.4% over the last seven days.

However, Eaton Vance doesn’t have a decent earnings surprise history. Before Q4 earnings, the company has an average negative earnings surprise of 4.4%.

Revenue Came In Lower Than Expected

Eaton Vance posted total revenues of $405.7 million, which lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $409.7 million. Also, it compared favorably with the year-ago number of $346.8 million.

Key Statistics/Developments

As of Oct 31, 2017, assets under management (AUM) were $422.3 billion, up 26% year-over-year. Also, total net inflows amounted to $37.8 billion in the reported quarter.

During fiscal 2017, Eaton Vance repurchased nearly 2.9 million shares of its Non-Voting Common Stock for $126.2 million.

What Zacks Rank Says

The estimate revisions that we discussed earlier have driven a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) for Eaton Vance. However, since the latest earnings performance is yet to be reflected in the estimate revisions, the rank is subject to change. While things apparently look unfavorable, 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.

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