ICF International, Inc. (ICFI - Free Report) is scheduled to report fourth-quarter 2018 results on Feb 26, after market close.
Strength across client mix, solid operational efficiency and lower tax rate are likely to boost ICF International’s results.
Over the past year, shares of ICF International have gained 30.9%, outperforming the 27.3% rise of the industry it belongs to.
Let's check out how things are shaping up for the announcement.
Strength Across Client Mix to Drive the Top Line
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fourth-quarter 2018 revenues is pegged at $354.24 million, indicating year-over-year growth of 10.3%. The upside is likely to be driven by strength across government and commercial clients. In third-quarter 2018, revenues of $332.96 million increased 9.1% year over year.
On the basis of client mix, government client revenues are expected to benefit from increase in state and local government business as well as international government work, which are likely to be partially offset by revenue decline from federal government clients.
Disaster recovery work in Puerto Rico marks a major win in the company’s state and local government business. The company looks well-poised to receive additional contracts in the state and local government clients following the buyout of DMS.
Revenues from commercial clients should benefit from marketing services and energy markets work, whichare likely to be partially offsetby decline across certain infrastructure and aviation consulting projects.
Bottom Line to Improve Year Over Year
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in the to-be-reported quarter is pegged at $1.23 per share, indicating year-over-year growth of 57.7%. The bottom line should benefit from revenue growth, solid operational efficiency and lower tax rate. In third-quarter 2018, adjusted earnings of $1.01 per share increased 21.7% on a year-over-year basis.
What Our Model Says
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ICF International has an Earnings ESP of 0.00% and a Zacks Rank #3.
ICF International, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise
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