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Upcoming Conference Calls

Below you will find a list of upcoming earnings conference calls for publicly-traded companies. Public companies often schedule conference calls to discuss their earnings or share other information with investors. Learn how individual investors can utilize conference calls.

CompanyDate of CallTitle
Deere & Company logo
DE
Deere & Company
11/25/20Deere & Company Earnings Call
JG
Aurora Mobile
11/25/20Aurora Mobile Earnings Call
Partner Communications logo
PTNR
Partner Communications
11/25/20Partner Communications Earnings Call
TIGR
UP Fintech
11/25/20UP Fintech Earnings Call
VIOT
Viomi Technology
11/25/20Viomi Technology Earnings Call
BRP logo
DOOO
BRP
11/25/20BRP Earnings Call
SY
So-Young International
11/25/20So-Young International Earnings Call
Frontline logo
FRO
Frontline
11/25/20Frontline Earnings Call
Yiren Digital logo
YRD
Yiren Digital
11/26/20Yiren Digital Earnings Call
YJ
Yunji
11/26/20Yunji Earnings Call
LAIX
LAIX
11/26/20LAIX Earnings Call
NTZ
Natuzzi
11/27/20Natuzzi Earnings Call
New Jersey Resources logo
NJR
New Jersey Resources
11/30/20New Jersey Resources Earnings Call
Noah logo
NOAH
Noah
11/30/20Noah Earnings Call
BOSC
B.O.S. Better Online Solutions
11/30/20BOS Better OnLine Sol Earnings Call
Zoom Video Communications logo
ZM
Zoom Video Communications
11/30/20Zoom Video Communications Earnings Call
Adient logo
ADNT
Adient
11/30/20Adient Earnings Call
ARCE
Arco Platform
11/30/20Arco Platform Earnings Call
EMCORE logo
EMKR
EMCORE
11/30/20EMCORE Earnings Call
CAN
Canaan
11/30/20Canaan Earnings Call
TCOM
Trip.com Group
12/01/20Trip.com Group Earnings Call
Veeva Systems logo
VEEV
Veeva Systems
12/01/20Veeva Systems Earnings Call
Citi Trends logo
CTRN
Citi Trends
12/01/20Citi Trends Earnings Call
At Home Group logo
HOME
At Home Group
12/01/20At Home Group Earnings Call
Hewlett Packard Enterprise logo
HPE
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
12/01/20Hewlett Packard Enterprise Earnings Call
NetApp logo
NTAP
NetApp
12/01/20NetApp Earnings Call
Bank of Montreal logo
BMO
Bank of Montreal
12/01/20Bank of Montreal Earnings Call
The Bank of Nova Scotia logo
BNS
The Bank of Nova Scotia
12/01/20The Bank of Nova Scotia Earnings Call
BOX logo
BOX
BOX
12/01/20BOX Earnings Call
salesforce.com logo
CRM
salesforce.com
12/01/20salesforce.com Earnings Call
ROOT
Root
12/01/20Root Earnings Call
ReneSola logo
SOL
ReneSola
12/01/20ReneSola Earnings Call
Momo logo
MOMO
Momo
12/01/20Momo Earnings Call
Synopsys logo
SNPS
Synopsys
12/02/20Synopsys Earnings Call
Sportsman's Warehouse logo
SPWH
Sportsman's Warehouse
12/02/20Sportsman's Warehouse Earnings Call
GreenTree Hospitality Group logo
GHG
GreenTree Hospitality Group
12/02/20GreenTree Hospitality Group Earnings Call
Royal Bank of Canada logo
RY
Royal Bank of Canada
12/02/20Royal Bank of Canada Earnings Call
ESTC
Elastic
12/02/20Elastic Earnings Call
PVH logo
PVH
PVH
12/02/20PVH Earnings Call
Splunk logo
SPLK
Splunk
12/02/20Splunk Earnings Call
CrowdStrike logo
CRWD
CrowdStrike
12/02/20CrowdStrike Earnings Call
Zscaler logo
ZS
Zscaler
12/02/20Zscaler Earnings Call
Okta logo
OKTA
Okta
12/02/20Okta Earnings Call
Snowflake logo
SNOW
Snowflake
12/02/20Snowflake Earnings Call
The Descartes Systems Group logo
DSGX
The Descartes Systems Group
12/02/20The Descartes Systems Group Earnings Call
BLCT
BlueCity
12/02/20BlueCity Earnings Call
Five Below logo
FIVE
Five Below
12/02/20Five Below Earnings Call
Semtech logo
SMTC
Semtech
12/02/20Semtech Earnings Call
Duluth logo
DLTH
Duluth
12/03/20Duluth Earnings Call
Build-A-Bear Workshop logo
BBW
Build-A-Bear Workshop
12/03/20Build-A-Bear Workshop Earnings Call
GMS logo
GMS
GMS
12/03/20GMS Earnings Call
Kirkland's logo
KIRK
Kirkland's
12/03/20Kirkland's Earnings Call
Lands' End logo
LE
Lands' End
12/03/20Lands' End Earnings Call
Methode Electronics logo
MEI
Methode Electronics
12/03/20Methode Electronics Earnings Call
MIND
MIND Technology
12/03/20MIND Technology Earnings Call
Ollie's Bargain Outlet logo
OLLI
Ollie's Bargain Outlet
12/03/20Ollie's Bargain Outlet Earnings Call
Smith & Wesson Brands logo
SWBI
Smith & Wesson Brands
12/03/20Smith & Wesson Brands Earnings Call
Yext logo
YEXT
Yext
12/03/20Yext Earnings Call
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store logo
CBRL
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
12/03/20Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Earnings Call
Zumiez logo
ZUMZ
Zumiez
12/03/20Zumiez Earnings Call
The Cooper Companies logo
COO
The Cooper Companies
12/03/20The Cooper Companies Earnings Call
Science Applications International logo
SAIC
Science Applications International
12/03/20Science Applications International Earnings Call
Tilly's logo
TLYS
Tilly's
12/03/20Tilly's Earnings Call
The Toronto-Dominion Bank logo
TD
The Toronto-Dominion Bank
12/03/20The Toronto-Dominion Bank Earnings Call
AZEK
The AZEK
12/03/20The AZEK Earnings Call
The Michaels Companies logo
MIK
The Michaels Companies
12/03/20The Michaels Companies Earnings Call
Signet Jewelers logo
SIG
Signet Jewelers
12/03/20Signet Jewelers Earnings Call
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce logo
CM
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
12/03/20Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Earnings Call
Ulta Beauty logo
ULTA
Ulta Beauty
12/03/20Ulta Beauty Earnings Call
Zuora logo
ZUO
Zuora
12/03/20Zuora Earnings Call
PD
PagerDuty
12/03/20PagerDuty Earnings Call
Donaldson logo
DCI
Donaldson
12/03/20Donaldson Earnings Call
Marvell Technology Group logo
MRVL
Marvell Technology Group
12/03/20Marvell Technology Group Earnings Call
Cloudera logo
CLDR
Cloudera
12/03/20Cloudera Earnings Call
Dollar General logo
DG
Dollar General
12/03/20Dollar General Earnings Call
DocuSign logo
DOCU
DocuSign
12/03/20DocuSign Earnings Call
Domo logo
DOMO
Domo
12/03/20Domo Earnings Call
Express logo
EXPR
Express
12/03/20Express Earnings Call
MDLA
Medallia
12/03/20Medallia Earnings Call
Secureworks logo
SCWX
Secureworks
12/03/20Secureworks Earnings Call
Genesco logo
GCO
Genesco
12/04/20Genesco Earnings Call
HealthEquity logo
HQY
HealthEquity
12/07/20HealthEquity Earnings Call
Smartsheet logo
SMAR
Smartsheet
12/07/20Smartsheet Earnings Call
ALOT
AstroNova
12/07/20AstroNova Earnings Call
Casey's General Stores logo
CASY
Casey's General Stores
12/07/20Casey's General Stores Earnings Call
Stitch Fix logo
SFIX
Stitch Fix
12/07/20Stitch Fix Earnings Call
SUMO
Sumo Logic
12/07/20Sumo Logic Earnings Call
Toll Brothers logo
TOL
Toll Brothers
12/07/20Toll Brothers Earnings Call
Coupa Software logo
COUP
Coupa Software
12/07/20Coupa Software Earnings Call
H&R Block logo
HRB
H&R Block
12/08/20H&R Block Earnings Call
PHR
Phreesia
12/08/20Phreesia Earnings Call
Barnes & Noble Education logo
BNED
Barnes & Noble Education
12/08/20Barnes & Noble Education Earnings Call
Liquidity Services logo
LQDT
Liquidity Services
12/08/20Liquidity Services Earnings Call
(BF.A) logo
BF.A
(BF.A)
12/08/20(BF.A) Earnings Call
(BF.B) logo
BF.B
(BF.B)
12/08/20(BF.B) Earnings Call
Chewy logo
CHWY
Chewy
12/08/20Chewy Earnings Call
MongoDB logo
MDB
MongoDB
12/08/20MongoDB Earnings Call
Powell Industries logo
POWL
Powell Industries
12/08/20Powell Industries Earnings Call
Photronics logo
PLAB
Photronics
12/09/20Photronics Earnings Call
WORK
Slack Technologies
12/09/20Slack Technologies Earnings Call
Mesa Air Group logo
MESA
Mesa Air Group
12/09/20Mesa Air Group Earnings Call
NCNO
nCino
12/09/20nCino Earnings Call
ASAN
Asana
12/09/20Asana Earnings Call
Greif logo
GEF
Greif
12/09/20Greif Earnings Call
GEF.B
(GEF.B)
12/09/20(GEF.B) Earnings Call
Vera Bradley logo
VRA
Vera Bradley
12/09/20Vera Bradley Earnings Call
PHX
PHX Minerals
12/10/20Panhandle Oil and Gas Earnings Call
Broadcom logo
AVGO
Broadcom
12/10/20Broadcom Earnings Call
Costco Wholesale logo
COST
Costco Wholesale
12/10/20Costco Wholesale Earnings Call
Hooker Furniture logo
HOFT
Hooker Furniture
12/10/20Hooker Furniture Earnings Call
MAX
MediaAlpha
12/10/20MediaAlpha Earnings Call
Ciena logo
CIEN
Ciena
12/10/20Ciena Earnings Call
Vail Resorts logo
MTN
Vail Resorts
12/10/20Vail Resorts Earnings Call
Construction Partners logo
ROAD
Construction Partners
12/11/20Construction Partners Earnings Call
Aspen Group logo
ASPU
Aspen Group
12/15/20Aspen Group Earnings Call
The Toro logo
TTC
The Toro
12/16/20The Toro Earnings Call
Accenture logo
ACN
Accenture
12/17/20Accenture Earnings Call
FedEx logo
FDX
FedEx
12/17/20FedEx Earnings Call
General Mills logo
GIS
General Mills
12/17/20General Mills Earnings Call
NIKE logo
NKE
NIKE
12/18/20NIKE Earnings Call
JPMorgan Chase & Co. logo
JPM
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
01/15/21JPMorgan Chase & Co. Earnings Call
Zions Bancorporation, National Association logo
ZION
Zions Bancorporation, National Association
01/19/21Zions Bancorporation, National Association Earnings Call
The Bank of New York Mellon logo
BK
The Bank of New York Mellon
01/20/21The Bank of New York Mellon Earnings Call
KeyCorp logo
KEY
KeyCorp
01/21/21KeyCorp Earnings Call
Northern Trust logo
NTRS
Northern Trust
01/21/21Northern Trust Earnings Call
National Oilwell Varco logo
NOV
National Oilwell Varco
02/04/21National Oilwell Varco Earnings Call
International Paper logo
IP
International Paper
02/04/21International Paper Earnings Call
CenterPoint Energy logo
CNP
CenterPoint Energy
02/25/21CenterPoint Energy Earnings Call
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Conference Calls and Individual Investors

One part of being a successful investor is staying informed about the news and events surrounding the companies in which you are a shareholder. Your job is made somewhat easier because, as a publicly traded company, a business is required to provide existing shareholders with relevant information including annual reports, financial statements, notification of shareholder's meetings, and changes to their board of directors. Even if the company does not mail shareholders this information, they will have a section of their website where this information is captured usually entitled something like "Investor Relations". 

One of the resources investors have available, but frequently do not maximize as they could, is the conference call. Sometimes called the "earnings call" this is an important event during which the CEO and other senior executives discuss the state of the company with analysts. As a shareholder of the company, you are entitled to listen in on this call.

The focus of this article is to go into detail about the process of a conference call, how investors can prepare for the call, and what to listen for to get the information they need to make sound investing decisions.

What is a conference call?

A conference call is an event that allows companies to provide information to any interested party. This includes institutional investors (such as the large investment banks and stock analysts) but is also available to individual investors. Conference calls are usually scheduled every quarter and typically coincide with the release of a company's earnings report. While most companies take advantage of the opportunity to have a conference call with analysts, there is no legal obligation for them to do so.

In the past, conference calls were restricted to Wall Street analysts and institutional investors. However, largely due to the accessibility of a call via the Internet, virtually all public companies allow individual investors to listen to the call live. In fact, you don’t have to be a current shareholder to listen to the call.

Why do companies do conference calls?

A conference call is a form of marketing and public relations for a company. It is an opportunity for them to control or, in some cases, change the narrative of the company. For example, if the company had a solid quarter marked by exceptional growth, the conference call can be a way for them to highlight their accomplishments. On the other hand, if they had a poor quarter, the conference call gives them the opportunity to calm investors who may be looking to jump ship. Sometimes despite positive earnings, analysts are concerned about a company’s future growth because of some known event. Conversely, sometimes a company’s poor performance can be easily explained. Because a conference call typically takes place after the earnings report has been released, executives are not going to lie about their results, but they have a fiduciary obligation to present their company in the best light possible.

Most successful companies know that it's good public relations (not to mention investor relations) to be forthcoming. It doesn't mean that companies won't put a spin on their conference call. Of course, they will. But in general, there is more harm to a company if they avoid analysts then to speak with them.

How is a conference call structured?

Most conference calls follow the same basic format. For participants who are listening to the call on the phone, there will be a dial-in number and passcode. For those who are listening to the call over the Internet, they will be provided with a link to stream the call. At the beginning of the call, the host of the call (someone from the company) will introduce the members of the management team who will be making statements on the call. After this, someone from investor relations or from the company's legal department will go over what can be called the "fine print" of the call. Basically, it's a reminder that past performance doesn't indicate future results, and that while much of what is going to be talked about will be in future terms, there is no guarantee that any events discussed will happen with certainty.

The next section of the call is perhaps the most tedious, but depending on how much research you’ve done can be valuable. This is when the earnings report is reviewed in detail. All of the raw financial data is explained and reviewed. The officers of the company will typically provide some commentary that may go “off script”. For the most part, however, any information in this section of the call is readily available through press releases that have generally already been posted on the company’s site.

So is there any value to this part of the call? Yes, if you know what to listen for. In many cases, this part of the presentation will be divided among several executives including the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and other executives. With the caveat that most companies are looking to put the most positive spin on their results, you can get a lot of information by their future projections. Does what they report track with any research you’ve done? If there were major issues that affected their performance negatively, have those issues been resolved, or will they be resolved soon?

 The last part of the call is a question-and-answer period between the company executives and analysts/investors. This is perhaps the most useful part of the call for investors because analysts will quickly cut through the marketing speak and push for clarity on areas that might be unclear or that warrant a deeper explanation. Think of this like the manager, or coach, of a college or professional sports team addressing the media. The reporters will generally ask the coach questions that they don’t necessarily want to answer. The answer they give can give you a clue about how confident they are about a particular outcome.

Why is the conference call important?

The conference call generally occurs after a company has released its earnings reports. After the call, analysts and investment banks will make their “buy”, “sell”, or “hold” recommendations. So for a company that reported good earnings, the conference call is a way to inspire confidence that they will continue to provide a good return on investment (ROI) for their shareholders. On the other hand, if their report disappointed or “missed” either in terms of revenue, earnings per share (EPS) or both, the conference call gives companies the opportunity to mitigate any damage done to their share price.

How do you prepare for a conference call?

The basic steps you take to prepare for a conference call are really no different than the steps you’d take for making any major purchase. You have to do some prep work in advance of the call, you listen to the call, and then you form your analysis.

  • Preparing for the call – the two basic steps to take when preparing for a conference call are to review the company’s earnings statement from the previous quarter and compare it to recent company news and their current earnings report. What were analysts concerned about after the last earnings report? Were those issues resolved or in the process of being resolved? How do their results track with other companies in their sector, and if relevant with the broader economy? For example, you might expect that an oil company's stock might be going up as crude oil prices rise. But if the company you are investing in has a share price that is declining, this should be a caution flag, if not a red flag. You should also then compare their past quarter's earnings statement with their most recent statement. Obviously, you're looking for consistency if the last quarter was good, and improvement (or maybe just no further erosion) if the report was not good. Much of this information is available either on the company's website or on other financial sites. It may take a few hours to digest all the information, but it will be time well spent.
  • Listening to the call – this means actively listening, particularly to the question-and-answer period in the end. Remember, there is a natural tension between analysts and the company. The company is trying to present themselves in the best possible light and the analysts' job is to paint as realistic a picture as possible. Although individual investors very rarely get to ask questions (in some cases, there are thousands of listeners on a call), the analysts will probably ask the questions that you were thinking of. And, let’s face it; they’ll probably come up with a few that you never even considered.
  • Analyze the call - By doing your research beforehand, you are in a better position to form opinions. Are there any questions in your mind that were left unanswered? Can you make any educated guesses about that answer based on the information you have? Did any of the financial information provided by the company seem irrelevant or self-serving? It's okay to answer yes to this question. The thing about statistics is they can be twisted to make any conclusion you want to make. So if some metric seemed odd to you, chances are the analysts saw it the same way. In the end, trust your gut. In many cases, a conference call will simply confirm what you may have already felt, but in some cases, you may get some surprises. And finally, pay attention to the stock price in the days immediately following the call. That is usually the best indicator of how institutional investors felt about the company's performance on the call.

Are conference calls recorded?

Obviously many individual investors may not have the time to stream an hour-long conference call while they’re e at work. The good news is, in most cases, the conference call will be recorded. Usually, the recording can be found on a company's website in the investor relations section. In the event, the company does not choose to make the recording accessible, it can generally be found on other financial websites. Even if you can only find a written transcript, it can still be valuable.

The bottom line on conference calls

If you're planning to invest in individual stocks as opposed to mutual funds, then it is imperative that you become comfortable with doing the ongoing research to evaluate your stock's performance. Too often, investors miss valuable clues that are hiding in plain sight and hold on to a stock longer than they should, or miss a chance to increase their investment of a stock that is ready to take off. Preparing for, listening to, and analyzing a conference call is one of the simplest ways to make an informed opinion about a stock or stocks in your portfolio.

A company, while not necessarily trying to be misleading, will always be trying to put their best foot forward. Analysts, while not necessarily trying to be combative, are trying to get clear answers. Keeping those two opposing forces in mind, and doing your own research in advance of the call can help you form solid opinions.  Of course, sometimes stock prices take on a life of their own so even if your analysis tells you one thing, it may be wise not to fight the movement of a stock.

 

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