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What's in the Cards for MobileIron (MOBL) in Q3 Earnings?

MobileIron Inc MOBL is set to report third-quarter 2017 results on Oct 31.

Notably, the company has beaten the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the trailing four quarters, with an average positive surprise of 22.08%. Last quarter, the company reported a loss of eight cents per share, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate.

Top-line Guidance Lowered, New CEO

MobileIron now projects revenues in the range of $42-$43 million, up 1-4% year over year. This is lower than previous projection of $44-$46 million, representing growth of 6-11%.

However, non-GAAP gross margin is now expected between 84% and 85%, better than the previous projection of 82-84%. Operating expenses are anticipated between $42.5 million and $43 million, up from the previous guidance of $41-$43 million.

MobileIron expects gross billings in the range of $49.5-$50.5 million, up 5-7% year over year. The range is narrower than the previous guidance of $48-$52 million, which reflected 2-10% growth.

Moreover, MobileIron announced leadership change. The company appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Simon Biddiscombe as President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in place of Barry Mainz, effective Oct 17.

Since then, the stock has declined 5.7%. On a year-to-date basis, MobileIron has lost 7.9% of its value versus 16.5% rally of the industry.



Strong Product Portfolio: Key Catalyst

MobileIron’s strong product portfolio is helping it to rapidly penetrate the Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM), Cloud Security, Desktop Security and the Internet of Things (IoT) market.  

The company’s products — MobileIron Access and MobileIron Cloud — enjoy steady demand from federal governments around the world. In the last quarter, the company’s solutions replaced legacy Blackberry products in a large U.S. government agency.

MobileIron also won contracts from the Slovenian railways and the Public Health Agency of Sweden. Moreover, wireless carriers like Verizon Communications Inc VZ and T-Mobile have selected the company’s solutions.

We note that the company’s MobileAccess platform has been integrated into Concur, Tableau, Workday, Facebook FB, Microsoft’s Office 365, Octa, One Login, Paint and DropBox. These integrations are helping it to win customers more frequently, which is a key top-line growth driver.

In its latest report “MarketScape for Enterprise Mobility Management Software”, research firm IDC named MobileIron as the “Leader”, which reflects the company’s dominant position in this market segment.

Moreover, partnership with Lenovo during the first quarter is also aiding MobileIron to expand its footprint in the desktop security market.


MobileIron, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise


MobileIron, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise | MobileIron, Inc. Quote


Unfavorable Rank

We believe that Mobileiron is unlikely to deliver a positive earnings surprise in the third-quarter due to an unfavorable combination of Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) and Earnings ESP of 0.00%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.

We don’t recommend Sell-rated stocks (Zacks Rank #4 or 5) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions.

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HubSpot Inc HUBS has an Earnings ESP of +24.08% and carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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