Accenture Ltd. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Accenture Ltd. (NYSE:ACN) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, December 15, 2011. Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company.

Accenture Ltd. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 94 cents per share, a rise of 16% 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 92 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 94 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 12.6% versus last year to $3.83.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 2 cents, reporting profit of 91 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 89 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 13.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $6.85 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 13 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and eight rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit rose 37.4% to $611.9 million (91 cents a share) from $445.5 million (66 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 23% to $7.17 billion from $5.83 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 18.4%, with the biggest boost coming in the most recent quarter when revenue rose 23% from the year earlier quarter.

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 28% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year and 25.8% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), Genpact Limited (NYSE:G), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), Towers Watson & Co (NYSE:TW), Infosys Tech. Ltd. (NASDAQ:INFY), Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT), Ariba, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARBA), and Accenture Plc (XET).

Stock Price Performance: During September 15, 2011 to December 9, 2011, the stock price had risen $6.32 (12.1%) from $52.39 to $58.71. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 17, 2011 and July 7, 2011 when shares rose for 14-straight days, rising 17.6% (+$9.38) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 15, 2011 and November 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 7.4% (-$4.30) over that span. Shares are up $11.18 (+23.5%) year to date.

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

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