Acxiom Corp Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ:ACXM) will unveil its latest earnings tomorrow, Wednesday, January 30, 2013. 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 estimate of analysts is for profit of 16 cents per share, a decline of 27.3% 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. It also has not changed during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 3.9% versus last year to 73 cents.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 6 cents, coming in at net income of 21 cents a share versus the estimate of profit of 15 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

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Here’s how Acxiom Corp traded following its last earnings report 3 months ago and leading up to its upcoming earnings report this week:

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Stock Price Performance: Between November 26, 2012 and January 24, 2013, the stock price had risen $1 (5.7%), from $17.45 to $18.45. 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 October 16, 2012 and October 24, 2012 when shares fell for seven straight days, dropping 8.6% (-$1.53) over that span.

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.

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $275.6 million in revenue this quarter, a decline of 1.9% 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.

Balance Sheet Analysis: The company’s current ratio of assets to liabilities came in at 2.04 last quarter. Having a ratio above 2:1 is usually considered a good indicator of a company’s liquidity and ability to meet creditor demands.

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