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Gladstone (GAIN) to Report Q4 Earnings: What's in the Offing?

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Gladstone Investment Corporation (GAIN - Free Report) is scheduled to report fourth-quarter fiscal 2020 (ended Mar 31) results on May 13 before the bell. The company’s revenues and earnings are projected to reflect year-over-year decreases.

In the last reported quarter, the company’s earnings remained in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Results were supported by higher investment income, offset by elevated expenses.

The company has an impressive earnings surprise history. Its earnings surpassed estimates in three of the trailing four quarters and met in the other, the average positive beat being 13.75%.

Further, the company’s activities in the fiscal fourth quarter were inadequate to win analysts’ confidence. As a result, the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 20 cents for earnings remained unchanged, over the last 30 days. The figure indicates a year-over-year decrease of 13%.

Let’s see how things have shaped up for this announcement.

The company does not have the right combination of the two key ingredients for a possible earnings beat — a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or at least 3 (Hold).

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Earnings ESP: The Earnings ESP for the stock is currently pegged at 0.00%.

Zacks Rank: Gladstone currently holds a Zacks Rank of 2, which increases the predictive power of ESP. But we also need to have a positive ESP to be confident of an earnings beat. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Key Factors

Given the expectation of higher prepayment activity during the fiscal fourth quarter, total investment income is likely to have been positively impacted. Also, with high LIBOR rates, Gladstone Investment’s floating-rate debt investments, which are tied to LIBOR, are likely to have supported investment income.

With a growing asset base, Gladstone Investment’s base management fee is expected to have increased. Also, as it continues to invest in the venture growth stage companies, operating expenses are likely to have flared up in the fiscal fourth quarter.

Among other finance stocks, Apollo Investment Corporation (AINV - Free Report) is scheduled to report earnings numbers on May 21, Harvest Capital Credit Corporation (HCAP - Free Report) on May 13 and Noah Holdings Ltd (NOAH - Free Report) on May 18.

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