How to prepare for earnings season?

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We're in it but can any one help with some tip and tricks on how to best prepare for earnings season?

I'm looking for something that will help make it smoother - what have you found has been the most helpful in the weeks leading to up, day of, and afterwards.

Thanks.

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Feb 1, 2019

First figure out which companies within your coverage and watch list you will be responsible for tracking. Make sure you've toggled news alerts for new SEC filings, I like BamSEC the best if you don't have Bloomberg.

You won't know the date & time of the release until a little bit before hand, but companies generally follow the same schedule as the prior year. If they report first week of Feb, make a calendar alert to keep an eye out for XYZ's announcement PR.

Once you have alerts set up and a rough idea of the time frame for each release, start going through each of your models and get everything set up to drop a new quarter in. This means make sure all the formulas are set to populate new LTM figures once you just drop in the new #s. This will save you an immense amount of time if all you have to do is drop the #s in and not worry about formulas/formatting the day of.

For multiple earnings at the same time, prioritize based on any earnings misses / surprises and figure out which calls you need to be on vs. can just read the transcript later. You can take care a lot of note writing while mgmt goes through their prepared remarks because its basically the same as the PR.

I'm on the buyside and cover a lot of names, but have never really found earnings to be a headache with enough prep.

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Feb 5, 2019

I appreciate the tips! Especially during ES.

Feb 6, 2019

Make sure you know where the numbers are coming from. Some models... is it an estimate, is it a plug, is it a reported number?

Feb 11, 2019