Acxiom Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Acxiom Corp (NASDAQ:ACXM) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, May 15, 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 net income of 19 cents per share, a decline of 9.5% 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 8.8% versus last year to 74 cents.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 2 cents, coming in at profit of 22 cents per share against an estimate of net income of. The company also topped expectations in the second quarter.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $280.5 million in revenue this quarter, a decline of 6.1% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.12 billion for the year, a decline of 3.4% 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.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 61.9% to $7.9 million (3 cents a share) from $20.8 million (25 cents a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue fell 6.1% to $280.9 million from $299.1 million.

Stock Price Performance: Between March 13, 2012 and May 9, 2012, the stock price had fallen $1.92 (-12.9%), from $14.85 to $12.93. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 23, 2012 and April 27, 2012, when shares rose for five straight days, increasing 3.6% (+49 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.

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

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