Aeropostale First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE:ARO) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, May 17, 2012. Aeropostale is a mall-based retailer that sells casual apparel and accessories for young adults.

Aeropostale, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 13 cents per share, a decline of 35% 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 moved down. It has risen from 10 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $1.24 per share, a rise of 37.8% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company reported net income of 44 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of. The company has beaten estimates for the past three quarters.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 4.5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $490.1 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Aeropostale with 11 of 21 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit fell 68.9% to $26.1 million (32 cents a share) from $83.8 million (92 cents a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue fell 3.7% to $808.4 million from $839.3 million.

Key Stats:

Revenue has gone down for the last three quarters. Revenue fell 1% in third quarter of the last fiscal year from the year earlier and 5.4% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year.

Although the company has been profitable for the last eight quarters, income has dropped year-over-year by an average of 71.2% over the past four quarters. The quarter hit the hardest was the second quarter of the last fiscal year, which saw a 93.3% drop.

Stock Price Performance: Between February 15, 2012 and May 11, 2012, the stock price rose $2.29 (13.1%), from $17.43 to $19.72. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 29, 2011 and December 7, 2011, when shares rose for seven straight days, increasing 15.1% (+$2.23) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 2, 2012 and May 11, 2012 when shares fell for eight straight days, dropping 13.4% (-$3.04) over that span.

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

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