Acxiom Corp First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Acxiom Corp (NASDAQ:ACXM) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Acxiom Corporation provides marketing technology and services that enable marketers to successfully manage audiences, personalize consumer experiences and create profitable customer relationships.

Acxiom Corp Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 13 cents per share, a rise of 8.3% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged and it has not changed during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of 77 cents per share, a rise of 13.2% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company is looking to make a streak of three quarters of beating estimates. Last quarter, it beat expectations by reporting profit of 21 cents per share, and the previous quarter, it had net income of 25 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $276.6 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 2.3% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.19 billion for the year, a rise of 2.6% from last year’s revenue of $1.16 billion.

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

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue increased 3.6% to $298.8 million in fourth quarter of the last fiscal year. The figure rose 5.4% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year from the year earlier, climbed 7.6% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 5.6% in the first quarter of the last fiscal year.

Acxiom’s loss in the latest quarter follows profits in the previous three quarters. The company reported a loss of of $67.1 million in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, a profit of $20.8 million in the third quarter of the last fiscal year, a profit of $13.3 million in the second of the last fiscal year and a profit of $9.8 million in the first quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: TeleTech Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTEC), CSG Systems Intl., Inc. (NASDAQ:CSGS), Teradata Corporation (NYSE:TDC), Convergys Corporation (NYSE:CVG), EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), RightNow Technologies (NASDAQ:RNOW), Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE:CSC), Syntel, Inc. (NASDAQ:SYNT), and Edgewater Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:EDGW).

Stock Price Performance: During April 26, 2011 to July 21, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.43 (-16.6%) from $14.60 to $12.17. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 6, 2010 and October 18, 2010 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 11.1% (+$1.80) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between August 17, 2010 and August 31, 2010 when shares fell for 11-straight days, falling 17% (-$2.54) over that span. Shares are down $4.98 (-29%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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