Catalyst Pharmaceutical (CPRX) exited with quarterly earnings of $0.20 per share, beating Zacks consensus estimate of $0.19 per share. That compares to earnings of $0.10 per share a year ago. These figures are adjusted for non-recurring items.
This quarterly report represents an earnings surprise of 5.26%. A quarter ago, this specialty drug company was expected to post a profit of $0.17 per share when it actually produced a profit of $0.20, delivering a surprise 17.65 %.
In the past four quarters, the company has exceeded consensus EPS estimates twice.
The sustainability of the immediate stock price movement based on recently released numbers and future earnings forecasts will primarily depend on management’s comments on the earnings call.
Catalyst shares are up about 126.4% year-to-date compared to the -19.7% decline in the S&P 500.
What’s next for Catalyst?
As Catalyst has outperformed the market so far this year, the question on investors’ minds is: what’s next for the stock?
There are no easy answers to this key question, but one reliable metric that can help investors answer it is the company’s earnings outlook. This includes not only the current consensus earnings expectations for the upcoming quarter(s), but also how those expectations have changed recently.
Empirical research shows a strong correlation between short-term stock movements and trends in earnings estimate revisions. Investors can track these revisions on their own or rely on a proven scoring tool like Zacks Rank, which has an impressive track record of harnessing the power of earnings estimate revisions.
Before that Press release, Catalyst estimate revision trend: mixed. While the magnitude and direction of estimate revisions may change following the release of the company’s earnings report, the current situation translates into a No. 3 (hold) Zacks ranking for the stock. Thus, the shares should move in line with the market in the near future. You can see the full list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
It will be interesting to see how the estimates for the next few quarters and the current fiscal year change in the days ahead. The current consensus EPS estimate is $0.19 on $55.04 million in revenue for the upcoming quarter and $0.70 on $205.05 million in revenue for the current fiscal year.
Investors should be aware that the outlook for the sector can also have a significant impact on stock performance. In terms of Zacks industry rankings, Medical – Drugs is currently in the top 38% of Zacks 250+ industries. Our research shows that the top 50% of industries ranked by Zacks outperform the bottom 50% by a factor of more than 2 to 1.
Alpine Immune Sciences, Inc. (ALPN), another stock in the same sector, has yet to report results for the quarter ending September 2022. Results are expected to be released on November 14.
This company is expected to post a quarterly loss of $0.10 per share in its next report, representing a year-over-year change of +81.8%. The consensus EPS estimate for the quarter has been revised up 152.6% in the past 30 days from the current level.
Alpine Immune Sciences, Inc.’s revenue is expected to be $20.43 million, up 139.8% from the prior year quarter.
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