As earnings continue to roll in this earnings season, one interesting dynamic has been the contrast between the beat rates of companies based upon the share of revenues that come from abroad versus the US. Using data from our International Revenues Database to gauge international exposure and our Earnings Explorer to get third-quarter earnings results, so far this earnings season, the beat rates for companies with more than half of their revenues generated within US borders have held up much better than those with a majority of revenues coming from abroad. Heading into this week, 74.3% of companies with a greater domestic focus have reported EPS above analyst forecasts while only two-thirds of those with a more international focus have beaten estimates. That is a shift from what has typically happened so far in 2019 and illustrates the impact that the strong dollar has had on results.
As shown in the chart below, the current picture is nearly the exact opposite of where things stood a year ago when more than 74% of internationals were reporting EPS above analyst estimates. In regards to sales, although companies with domestic heavy revenues have generally seen higher beat rates, the spread between domestics and internationals has widened to more than 5 percentage points this quarter.
While this could be a result of multiple factors ranging from analysts potentially overestimating global demand to trade, the dollar is also likely a key factor. For large-cap US companies which often have multi-national exposure, movements in the currency markets often have large impacts on corporate results. For that reason, it’s extremely important for investors to know where the companies they own have the greatest exposure. One great tool to track revenue exposure is our International Revenues Database. If you don’t already have access, start a two-week free trial to Bespoke Institutional to unlock access to all of our interactive tools today!