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Leggett & Platt (LEG) Q1 Earnings: A Surprise in Store?

Leading engineered products’ manufacturer, Leggett & Platt, Incorporated LEG, is slated to report its first-quarter 2016 results on Apr 29. In the last quarter, the company had delivered a positive earnings surprise of 28%. Notably, the company has surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the three of the last four quarters, with an average positive earnings surprise of 13.6%. Let’s see how things are shaping up for this announcement.

Factors Influencing this Quarter

Analysts expect unit volume growth, efficient pricing and disciplined capital allocation to have a favorable impact in the quarter to be reported. The company’s strategic endeavors, which involve divestment of low-performing businesses, improvement in margins and returns, attainment of top-line growth of 4–5% annually should bode well. Despite these positives, factors like foreign currency headwinds and raw material price deflation may weigh upon the company’s performance.

Earnings Whispers

Our proven model does not conclusively show that Leggett & Platt is likely to beat earnings this quarter. This is because a stock needs to have both a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) for this to happen. This is not the case here, as you will see below:

Zacks ESP: Earnings ESP, which represents the difference between the Most Accurate estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate, is currently pegged at 0.00%. This is because both the Most Accurate Estimate and the Zacks Consensus Estimate stand at 58 cents.

Zacks Rank: Leggett & Platt carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Though a favorable Zacks Rank increases the predictive power of ESP, the company’s ESP of 0.00% makes surprise prediction difficult.

We caution against Sell-rated stocks (Zacks Rank #4 and #5) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions.

Stocks that Warrant a Look

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

Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. BECN has an Earnings ESP of +23.81% and a Zacks Rank #2.

Masonite International Corporation DOOR has an Earnings ESP of +9.52% and a Zacks Rank #3.

The Kroger Co. KR has an Earnings ESP of +1.45% and a Zacks Rank #3.

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