A123 Systems Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

A123 Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:AONE) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. A123 Systems designs, develops, manufactures, and sells advanced rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and battery systems for hybrid electric vehicles, or HEVs, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, or PHEVs, and electric vehicles, or EVs.

A123 Systems, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net loss of 39 cents per share, a narrower loss from the year-earlier quarter net loss of 51 cents. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month.

Past Earnings Performance: The company enters this earnings report having missed estimates the last four quarters. Last quarter, the company fell short of expectations by one cent, reporting a loss of of 56 cents per share against a mean estimate of net loss of 55 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 1.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $18.4 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about A123 Systems with seven of 10 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company’s loss widened to a loss of a $85 million (67 cents a share) from a loss of $45.7 million (43 cents) a year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Revenue rose 68.1% to $40.4 million from $24 million.Key Stats:

Revenue has gone up for three straight quarters. It rose more than twofold in the third quarter of the last fiscal year from the year earlier and 60.8% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: Valence Technology, Inc., Ener1, Inc., EnerSys, Advanced Battery Tech., Inc., C&D Technologies, Inc., Ultralife Corp., Arotech Corporation, China Ritar Power Corp., Johnson Controls, Inc., and Exide Technologies.

Stock Price Performance: Between February 15, 2012 and May 11, 2012, the stock price fell $1.06 (-50.7%), from $2.09 to $1.03. It saw one of its worst periods between March 23, 2012 and April 4, 2012 when shares fell for nine straight days, dropping 51.8% (-88 cents) over that span. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 22, 2011 and August 29, 2011, when shares rose for six straight days, increasing 25.2% (+99 cents) over that span.

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

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