Acxiom Corp Second Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ:ACXM) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, October 25, 2012. Acxiom provides marketing technology and services that enable marketers to successfully manage audiences, personalize consumer experiences, and create profitable customer relationships.

Acxiom Corporation Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for profit of 15 cents per share, a decline of 21.1% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 16 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 15 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 14.5% versus last year to 65 cents.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 7 cents, reporting net income of 17 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 10 cents per share.

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A Look Back: In the first quarter, profit rose 21.5% to $13.3 million (17 cents a share) from $11 million (13 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue fell 6% to $271.7 million from $288.9 million.

Stock Price Performance: Between September 21, 2012 and October 19, 2012, the stock price dropped $1.57 (-8.4%), from $18.65 to $17.07. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 6, 2012 and August 17, 2012, when shares rose for 10 straight days, increasing 5.6% (+90 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between March 30, 2012 and April 10, 2012 when shares fell for seven straight days, dropping 6.3% (-93 cents) over that span.

Balance Sheet Analysis: The company’s current ratio of assets to liabilities came in at 1.92 last quarter. The current ratio is an indication of a firm’s liquidity and ability to meet creditor demands and generally, for every dollar the company owes in the short term, it has that figure available in assets that can be converted to cash in the short term.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is hoping to use this earnings announcement to snap a string of three-straight quarters of revenue declines. Revenue fell 6.1% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year and 3.9% in fourth quarter of the last fiscal year before falling again in the first quarter.

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $275.2 million in revenue this quarter, a decline of 3.9% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.11 billion for the year, a decline of 1.8% from last year’s revenue of $1.13 billion.

Analyst Ratings: With three analysts rating the stock a buy, none rating it a sell and two rating the stock a hold, there are indications of a bullish stance by analysts.

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

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