VMware Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

VMware (NYSE:VMW) will unveil its latest earnings tomorrow, Monday, January 28, 2013. VMWare is a provider of virtual infrastructure software solutions from the desktop to the data center. It works with more than 1,300 technology partners, including leading server, microprocessor, storage, networking and software vendors.

VMware Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 54 cents per share, a rise of 3.8% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 52 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 54 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 30.5% compared to last year’s $2.01.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company missed estimates by 3 cents, coming in at net income of 39 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 42 cents per share. In the second quarter, the company beat estimates by 2 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 20.8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.28 billion.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 11.7% to $156.8 million (36 cents a share) from $177.5 million (41 cents a share) the year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Revenue rose 20.4% to $1.13 billion from $941.9 million.

Here’s how VMware traded following its last earnings report 3 months ago and leading up to its upcoming earnings report this week: