It’s not a perfect world out there for investors, but things may be starting to get better.
The major market indexes rose sharply last week, and investors are starting to realize that this earnings season may not be so bad after all.
I recently went over some of the companies that are expected to post lower quarterly profits when they report this week. Thankfully, they’re the exceptions and not the rule.
Let’s go over some publicly traded companies that are expected to stand tall this week by posting year-over-year improvement on the bottom line.
|Company||Latest Quarter EPS (estimated)||Year-Ago Quarter EPS|
|MAKO Surgical Corp. (NASDAQ:MAKO)||($0.19)||($0.28)|
|Heckmann Corporation (NYSE:HEK)||($0.01)||($0.02)|
|Sodastream International Ltd (NASDAQ:SODA)||$0.54||$0.48|
|Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN)||$0.03||$0.02|
|Dendreon Corporation (NASDAQ:DNDN)||($0.48)||($0.70)|
Clearing the table
Let’s start at the top with MAKO Surgical Corp. (NASDAQ:MAKO). The leading player in orthopedic robotics took a hit last year as sales for its RIO platform slowed. It didn’t seem to matter that those who had a RIO system in place were actually using them at a heady clip. The market ignored the validation, choosing instead to fret about cash-strapped hospitals and health care facilities scaling back on new installations.
Well, analysts see MAKO Surgical Corp. (NASDAQ:MAKO)’s revenue climbing 26% when it reports tomorrow. They also see the company’s quarterly deficit narrowing.
Heckmann Corporation (NYSE:HEK) is doing more than cleaning up fracking water these days. The environmental services provider expects shareholders to vote at Wednesday’s shareholder meeting to change the company’s name to Nuverra Environmental Solutions. It would then begin trading under the new ticker symbol NES next week.
Last year’s acquisitions of Power Fuels and Thermo Fluids have helped revenue more than double, and after it surprised investors with a quarterly profit last time out, the same pros see a narrowing loss this time around.
Sodastream International Ltd (NASDAQ:SODA)’s popping these days, as the global popularity of its namesake soda-making system grows. Skeptics who wrote off the Israeli company as the maker of a faddish novelty product have had to tweak their bearish arguments, and major beverage brands have been teaming up on licensing deals to put out Sodastream International Ltd (NASDAQ:SODA) flavors.
Sodastream International Ltd (NASDAQ:SODA) has been a pretty consistent beater of Wall Street’s profit targets since going public three years ago, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if it manages to grow its bottom line by more than the 13% clip that analysts are forecasting this time around.