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Gannett (GCI) Q1 Earnings May Disappoint: Stock to Suffer?

Diversified publishing conglomerate Gannett Co., Inc. GCI is expected to report first-quarter 2016 results on Apr 27. Gannett, which retained the name of its parent company, was formed after the Broadcasting and Digital units were spun off to form a separate entity known as TEGNA. In the previous quarter, the company’s earnings missed estimates by 3.6%.

Earnings Whispers

Our proven model does not conclusively show that Gannett is likely to beat earnings estimates this quarter. This is because a stock needs to have both a positive http://www.zacks.com/earnings/earnings-surprise-predictions/">Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) for this to happen. Gannett has an Earnings ESP of 0.00% as the Most Accurate estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate both stand at 12 cents. The company carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). We caution against Sell-rated stocks (Zacks Rank #4 or 5) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions.

Factors Influencing this Quarter

Gannett is realigning its cost structure and streamlining its operations to increase efficiency and safeguard its earnings and cash flows from the impact of dwindling print advertising revenues. A significant presence in digital and print publications; the company’s flagship brand, USA TODAY; as well as a robust U.K.-based publishing unit – Newsquest – position Gannett well as the next-generation media mogul.

However, the company’s advertising as well as circulation revenues need to be focused upon. Notably, Gannett’s advertising and circulation revenues declined 12.9% and 7.9%, respectively, in the fourth quarter, in turn hampering overall top-line growth.  

Stocks Poised to Beat on Earnings Estimates

Here are some companies that you may want to consider as our model shows that these have the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat:

Central Garden & Pet Company CENT has an Earnings ESP of +3.39% and a Zacks Rank #1

Thomson Reuters Corporation TRI has an Earnings ESP of +4.55% and a Zacks Rank #2.

Time Warner Inc. TWX has an Earnings ESP of +3.13% and a Zacks Rank #3.

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