Zix (ZIXI) reported Q3 results with quarterly earnings of $0.17 per share compared to $0.13 per share a year ago. The estimates were at $0.15 per share.

The earning has been increased at a surprise rate of 13.33% in the third quarter. A quarter ago, it was estimated that the e-mail encryption company would earn $0.14 per share but it earned $0.15 per share with an increase of 7.14% in the 2nd quarter. In the last two quarters, the company beat the earnings estimates.

Zix posted revenue of $54.84 million for the thirdquarter ended September 2020, beating the revenue estimates four times over the last four quarters. Zix gains 8.6% at S&P500 but lost 1% since the beginning of the year.

Investors are not sure about the future of the Zix’s stock as the company underperformed this year.There is no tool or technique to answer investors question except one reliable measure that can help investors is the company’s earnings outlook.

There is a strong connection between near-term stock movements and trends in earnings estimate revisions. Investors can use tools like Zacks Rankor can track such revisions by themselves.

The current estimate is $0.15 on $55.31 million in revenues for the coming quarter and $0.59 on $214.80 million in revenues for the current fiscal year and it will be interesting to see how the numbers changed for the current quarter and fiscal year.

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