Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC Quick QuoteMMC ) is scheduled to release third-quarter 2022 results on Oct 20, before the opening bell.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for MMC’s third-quarter earnings per share is pegged at $1.16, which indicates an improvement of 7.4% from the prior-year quarter’s reported figure.
The consensus mark for revenues stands at $4.9 billion, suggesting 5.8% growth from the year-ago quarter’s tally.
Earnings Surprise History
Marsh & McLennan boasts an impressive earnings surprise history. Its bottom line beat estimates in each of the trailing four quarters, the average being 5.04%. This is depicted in the chart below:
Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise
Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. price-eps-surprise | Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. Quote
What Our Quantitative Model Unveils
Our proven model predicts an earnings beat for Marsh & McLennan 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, which is the case here.
Earnings ESP: Marsh & McLennan has an Earnings ESP of +0.25%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.
Zacks Rank: Marsh & McLennan currently carries a Zacks Rank of 3. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Factors to Note
Marsh & McLennan’s third-quarter performance is likely to have received a boost from continued rate increases across the commercial property and casualty (P&C) insurance marketplace. Quarterly results are expected to have benefited from sound performances of MMC’s Risk and Insurance Services, and Consulting segments.
Solid performances of the units of Risk and Insurance Services segment, namely Marsh and Guy Carpenter might have favored the to-be-reported quarter’s performance of Marsh & McLennan. Results of both sub-units are likely to have received a boost from new business generation and solid retention rates.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues at the Risk and Insurance Services segment of Marsh & McLennan is pegged at $2.9 billion, indicating a rise of 6.9% from the prior-year quarter’s level. The consensus mark for Marsh and Guy Carpenter revenues stands at $2.5 billion and $332 million each, suggesting respective increases of 6.4% and 5.7%, from the prior-year quarter’s corresponding reported figures.
MMC’s Consulting segment is likely to have been driven by solid results of its divisions, such as Mercer and Oliver Wyman. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the Consulting segment’s revenues is pegged at $2 billion, indicating 4.2% growth from the prior-year quarter’s tally.
The Mercer unit is likely to have gained from solid demand for its solutions, new business growth, improved retention rates and a decent rise in defined benefits in the third quarter. Contribution from those geographies wherein MMC operates is likely to have acted as a mutual tailwind in boosting revenues of the Consulting segment’s branches. The consensus estimate for revenues of Mercer and Oliver Wyman stands at $1.4 billion and $655 million each, suggesting a rise of 3.1% and 7.4%, respectively, from the year-ago quarter’s comparable reported numbers.
As one of the factors is expected to have driven the bottom line of Marsh & McLennan in the third quarter, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for adjusted operating income of Risk and Insurance Services and Consulting segments indicates an improvement of 7.2% and 10%, respectively, from the prior-year quarter’s corresponding reported figures.
However, elevated expenses stemming from continued investments to boost capabilities and recruitment efforts coupled with inflationary pressure on loss costs are likely to have dampened the margins of Marsh & McLennan in the to-be-reported quarter.
Per the last earnings call, foreign exchange is expected to have an adverse impact of a penny on MMC’s margins in the third quarter. Management anticipated an interest expense of around $118 million in the to-be-reported quarter.
Other Stocks to Consider
Here are some other companies worth considering from the insurance space, as our model shows that they too have the right combination of elements to beat on earnings this time around:
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RGA’s earnings beat estimates in two of the trailing four quarters and missed the mark twice.
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CNO’s earnings beat estimates in three of the trailing four quarters and missed the mark once.
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