Let’s check out the expectations in detail.
Expectations This Time Around
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for IQVIA Holdings’ third-quarter 2021 revenues is pegged at $3.36 billion, indicating growth of 20.5% from the year-ago reported figure, attributable to strength across all segments — Research & Development Solutions (R&DS), Technology & Analytics Solutions (“TAS”) and Contract Sales & Medical Solutions (“CSMS”). The consensus estimate lies within the guided range of $3.29-$3.365 billion.
Segment-wise, the consensus mark for R&DS revenues is pegged at $1.81 billion, suggesting growth of 29.1% from the year-ago quarter’s reported figure. The consensus estimate for TAS revenues stands at $1.37 billion, indicating year-over-year growth of 13.3%. The consensus mark for CSMS revenues is pegged at $190 million, implying growth of 6.1% from the year-ago quarter’s reported figure.
Improvement in operating margins is likely to have aided the bottom line. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings is pegged at $2.13 per share, indicating growth of 30.7% from the year-ago reported figure. The consensus estimate meets the higher end of the guided range of $2.06-$2.13.
What Our Model Says
Our proven model predicts an earnings beat for IQVIA Holdings this time around. The combination of a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the odds of an earnings beat. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.
IQVIA Holdings has an Earnings ESP of +0.84% and a Zacks Rank #2.
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