Acxiom Corp Second Quarter Earnings on Deck

Acxiom Corp (NASDAQ:ACXM) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. Acxiom 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 net income of 17 cents per share, a rise of 6.3% 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 18 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 17 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of 74 cents per share, a rise of 8.8% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company saw net income of 13 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 13 cents per share. This comes after two consecutive quarters of exceeding expectations.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 3.1% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $300.6 million.

Analyst Ratings: three out of five analysts surveyed (60%) have a buy rating on Acxiom.. This is below the mean analyst rating of 10 competitors, which average 62.5% buy ratings.

A Look Back: In the first quarter, profit rose 11.9% to $11 million (13 cents a share) from $9.8 million (12 cents a share) the year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue rose 6.9% to $288.9 million from $270.4 million.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 3.6% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year earlier, climbed 5.4% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 7.6% in the second 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 July 27, 2011 to October 20, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.72 (-19.5%) from $13.98 to $11.26. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 30, 2010 and December 9, 2010 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 9.5% (+$1.61) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between March 8, 2011 and March 16, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 7.6% (-$1.30) over that span. Shares are down $5.89 (-34.3%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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