Automatic Data Processing (ADP) First Quarter Profits and Revenue Surpass Estimates – October 27, 2021
Automatic data processing (ADP – Free Report) came out with a quarterly profit of $ 1.65 per share, beating Zacks’ consensus estimate of $ 1.49 per share. This compares to a profit of $ 1.41 per share a year ago. These figures are corrected for non-recurring items.
This quarterly report represents a surprise earnings of 10.74%. A quarter ago, this payroll and human resources company was expected to post a profit of $ 1.13 per share when it actually produced a profit of $ 1.20, offering a surprise 6.19%.
In the past four quarters, the company has beaten consensus EPS estimates four times.
ADP, which is part of Zacks ‘outsourcing industry, reported $ 3.83 billion in revenue for the quarter ended September 2021, beating Zacks’ consensus estimate by 1.92%. This compares to a year ago revenue of $ 3.47 billion. The company has beaten consensus revenue estimates four times in the past four quarters.
The sustainability of the immediate stock price movement based on recently released numbers and future earnings expectations will primarily depend on management feedback on the profit call.
ADP shares have added about 24.2% year-to-date against the S&P 500’s 21.8% gain.
What’s next for ADP?
While ADP has outperformed the market so far this year, the question that comes to investors’ minds is: what’s next for the stock?
There are no easy answers to this key question, but a reliable metric that can help investors solve this problem is the company’s earnings outlook. This not only includes the current consensus earnings expectations for the coming quarter (s), but also how those expectations have changed in recent times.
Empirical research shows a strong correlation between short-term stock market movements and trends in earnings estimate revisions. Investors can follow these revisions on their own or rely on a proven scoring tool like Zacks Rank, which has an impressive track record of harnessing the power of earnings estimate revisions.
Prior to this release of the results, the trend in revisions to the ADP estimates was mixed. While the magnitude and direction of estimate revisions may change as a result of the company’s just released earnings report, the current status translates to a Zacks (Hold) rank 3 for the stock. Thus, stocks are expected to move in line with the market in the near future. You can see the full list of Zacks # 1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks today here.
It will be interesting to see how the estimates for the next quarters and the current year evolve in the days to come. The current consensus estimate of EPS is $ 1.62 on $ 3.95 billion in revenue for the coming quarter and $ 6.64 on $ 16.02 billion in revenue for the current year.
Investors should be aware that the outlook for the sector can also have a significant impact on the performance of the stock. In terms of Zacks industry rankings, Outsourcing currently sits in the lowest 37% of Zacks’ 250+ industries. Our research shows that the top 50% of industries ranked by Zacks outperform the bottom 50% by a factor of more than 2 to 1.