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What Awaits T-Mobile US (TMUS) This Earnings Season?

T-Mobile US, Inc. TMUS is slated to release first-quarter 2016 results on Apr 27, before market opens.

Last quarter, T-Mobile US delivered a positive earnings surprise of 183.33%. Moreover, the company’s earnings have surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in two of the previous four quarters, with an average beat of 62.96%. Let’s see how things are shaping up for this announcement.

Factors Likely to Influence this Quarter

T-Mobile USfinally added Alphabet Inc.’s GOOG YouTube to its free video streaming service – ‘Binge On’.The ‘Binge On’ platform allows users unlimited access to major streaming services from select partners like Netflix Inc. NFLX, HBO, Hulu, Showtime and Sling TV. Interestingly, the service was designed so as not to affect a customer’s data cap. Combining Youtube with ‘Binge On’ has thus taken the company a step ahead to expand its customer base.

Moreover, industry data show that T-Mobile has been broadening its subscriber base more rapidly than its rivals. The company has also been successful in retaining its subscriber base, mainly through its strategy of poaching of subscribers from other major carriers such as Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc.

Earnings Whispers

Our proven model does not conclusively show that T-Mobile US is likely to beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate 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. Unfortunately, that is not the case here, as elaborated below.

Zacks ESP: T-Mobile US has an Earnings ESP of -23.53%. This is because the Most Accurate estimate stands at 13 cents while the Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged higher at 17 cents.

Zacks Rank: T-MobileUS has a Zacks Rank #3 which increases the predictive power of ESP. However, we need to have a positive ESP to be confident of an earnings beat.

Note that Sell-rated stocks (#4 and #5) should never be considered going into an earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions.

A Stock to Consider

Here is a company you may want to consider as our model shows that it has the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat this quarter:

Sprint Corp. S, with an Earnings ESP of +69.23% and a Zacks Rank #3.

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