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DENTSPLY (XRAY): What's in Store This Earnings Season?

DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. XRAY is expected to report first-quarter 2016 results on May 6. Last quarter, the company reported earnings of 65 cents per share, which were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate.

Notably, the company’s results compared favorably with the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the last four quarters, with an average beat of 3.46%.



Let's see how things are shaping up for this quarter.

Factors at Play

We believe DENTSPLY’s results will be benefited by its expanding product portfolio. Moreover, the combined entity -- Dentsply and Sirona -- will benefit from revenue and cost synergies in 2016.

Meanwhile, a gradual recovery of the U.S. market should boost results at DENTSPLY. Also, the emerging markets provide significant opportunities for the company as these areas are vastly untapped with low dental products penetration.

However, integration will be a risk in the near term. Moreover, unfavorable foreign exchange rate volatility will continue to hurt DENTSPLY’s results in the immediate future. Additionally, higher capital expenditure on product development coupled with persistent decline in sales is expected to put margins under pressure.

Earnings Whispers

Our proven model does not conclusively show that DENTSPLY is likely to beat earnings this quarter. That 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. That is not the case here as you will see below.

Zacks ESP: The Earnings ESP for DENTSPLY is +1.59%. This is because the Most Accurate estimate stands at 64 cents, while the Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at 63 cents.

Zacks Rank: DENTSPLY carries a Zacks Rank #4. Note that we caution against stocks with a Zacks Rank #4 and #5 (Sell-rated stocks) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions.

Stocks to Consider

Here are a few stocks worth considering that, per our model, have the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat this quarter:

Quality Systems QSII, with an Earnings ESP of +6.25% and a Zacks Rank #2.

The Cooper Companies COO, with an Earnings ESP of +.52% and a Zacks Rank #2.

Becton, Dickinson and Co. BDX, with an Earnings ESP of +1.99% and a Zacks Rank #3.
 

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