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What to look for when Paychex (PAYX) reports Q3 results

Paychex is expected to report higher earnings and revenues when it publishes third-quarter results on Wednesday after the closing bell

Even as economic uncertainties and elevated inflation hamper the post-COVID recovery, businesses are facing more complex challenges, and the difficult labor market is one of them. As a result, there is a high demand for technology-driven human resources solutions and payroll services like those offered by Paychex Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX). The company has been serving both small and large businesses with its innovative solutions.

The Stock

Currently, shares of the New York-based payroll services provider are down 22% from the record highs they had reached more than twelve months ago. Though recovery is very much on the cards, it is difficult to say whether PAYX would regain its lost glory anytime soon. Currently, it offers a good dividend yield of 2.7% which is above the average yield for the S&P 500. The company has raised its dividend every year in the past.

Paychex Q2 2023 earnings infographic

While experts are of the view that the company had a positive third quarter, it would be the management’s outlook for the current quarter that decides the stock’s future course. It is estimated that revenues rose more than 6% and reached about $1.36 billion in the February quarter. That is expected to have translated into an 8% increase in adjusted earnings to $1.24 per share. The third-quarter report is slated for release on Wednesday before the market opens.   


In the November quarter, the company registered growth across all operating segments, which resulted in a 7% rise in revenues to $1.19 billion. Consequently, adjusted profit moved up 9% annually to $0.99 per share. Earnings beat the estimates, while the top line came in line with the market’s projection. Interestingly, Paychex’s quarterly profits topped expectations regularly in recent years, even at the peak of the pandemic.

Commenting on the Q2 results, Paychex’s CEO John Gibson said, “as businesses struggle with both inflationary pressures and acquiring talent in a continuing tight labor market, we are well positioned to help companies find and retain employees, drive operational efficiency, and address complex Human Resource issues. We continue to leverage our innovative HR technology and advisory solutions to help employers navigate this challenging environment. We’ve helped more than 50,000 of our clients’ secure available government funding through the Employee Retention Tax Credit program.”

Though Paychex shares recouped a part of their lost momentum ahead of the earnings, they traded lower throughout Tuesday. The stock opened the session at $108.75 and stayed below the 52-week average.


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