Plug Power Inc. PLUG is scheduled to release fourth-quarter 2019 results on Mar 5, before market open.
The company delivered weaker-than-expected results in three of the last four quarters, while surpassing estimates in one. Earnings surprise for the last four quarters is a negative 40.21%, on average. Notably, in the last reported quarter, the company’s loss per share of 8 cents lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 6 cents loss per share.
In the past three months, shares of the company have gained 32.1% against the industry’s decline of 6.2%.
Let us delve deeper.
Key Factors and Estimates
The growing popularity of fuel cell engines and hydrogen stations has been benefiting Plug Power over time. This is expected to have contributed to top-line performance in the fourth quarter of 2019. The company’s major product offerings include GenDrive fuel cell systems and ProGen fuel cell engine.
Also, healthy demand from material handling, on-road and stationary markets as well as technological advancements, and efforts to build additional capacity and strengthen sales channels might have been beneficial.
Further, the company’s partnership with ENGIE (signed in the third quarter) might have positively impacted the hydrogen fuel cell business in the quarter.
However, headwinds (like forex issues, geopolitical concerns and others) arising from international operations might have hurt the company’s quarterly performance. Also, higher cost revenues and operating expenses might have been dragging. Notably, cost of revenues and operating expenses increased 5.7% and 5.5%, respectively, in the first nine months of 2019.
Plug Power anticipates record gross billings of $93-$95 million for the fourth quarter. Notably, gross billings were just $61 million in the third quarter of 2019. Also, GenDrives deployment will likely be 2,500 in the quarter.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fourth-quarter loss per share is pegged at 6 cents, indicating an improvement from a loss per share of 8 cents recorded in the fourth quarter of 2018. However, the consensus estimate for revenues of $90 million suggests a 50% increase from the prior-year reported figure.
Our proven model doesn’t conclusively predict an earnings beat for Plug Power this time around. The combination of a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the odds of beating estimates. But that’s not the case here. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.
Earnings ESP: Plug Power has an Earnings ESP of 0.00% as both the Most Accurate Estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate are pegged at loss per share of 6 cents.
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