National American University Holdings Inc Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

National American University Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NAUH) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. National American University is the provider of post-secondary education primarily focused on the needs of working adults and other non-traditional students. It provides Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree and diploma programs.

National American University Holdings Inc Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 7 cents per share, a decline of 50% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 9 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 7 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 39.5% compared to last year’s 23 cents.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company showed profit of 7 cents per share in the second quarter to fall in line with expectations, the company beat estimates by 3 cents in the first quarter. This comes after the company failed to meet analysts’ expectations in the previous two.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 9.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $30.3 million.

Stock Price Performance: Between February 1, 2012 and March 29, 2012, the stock price had fallen $1 (-13%), from $7.71 to $6.71. It saw one of its worst periods between May 9, 2011 and May 17, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight days, dropping 9.2% (-68 cents) over that span. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 21, 2011 and June 29, 2011, when shares rose for seven straight days, increasing 17.1% (+$1.36) over that span.

Key Stats:

The company is looking to extend a trend of increasing top line figures. Revenue has risen 17.5% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year, 10.1% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year and 9.6% in the first quarter before climbing again in the second quarter.

This earnings announcement is a chance to stem a negative trend in earnings performance. Net income dropped 23.7% in the first quarter before falling again in the second quarter.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit fell 29.2% to $1.9 million (7 cents a share) from $2.7 million (10 cents a share) the year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue rose 9.4% to $30.4 million from $27.8 million.

(Company fundamentals by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)

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