Acxiom Corp Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Acxiom Corp (NASDAQ:ACXM) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. 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 profit of 21 cents per share, a decline of 16% 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. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of 76 cents per share, a rise of 11.8% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company topped forecasts last quarter after being in line with estimates the quarter prior. In the second quarter, it reported profit of 19 cents per share versus a mean estimate of 17 cents. Two quarters ago, it reported net income of 13 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 2.7% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $307.2 million.

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.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit fell 7.4% to $12.3 million (15 cents a share) from $13.3 million (16 cents a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue rose 2.9% to $300 million from $291.7 million.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 6.9% in the first quarter from the year earlier, climbed 3.6% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 5.4% in the third 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 November 25, 2011 to January 25, 2012, the stock price had risen $2.58 (23%) from $11.20 to $13.78. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 9, 2012 and January 13, 2012 when shares rose for five-straight days, rising 10% (+$1.22) 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.

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

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