Amazon.com Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) will report earnings after markets close on Thursday, July 25th. Amazon.com, Inc. is an online retailer that offers a wide range of products. The Company’s products include books, music, videotapes, computers, electronics, home and garden, and numerous other products. Amazon offers personalized shopping services, Web-based credit card payment, and direct shipping to customers.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Amazon.com Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.06 per share on revenues of $15.74 billion.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $0.16 to a profit $0.1. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $1.29, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Amazon.com has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 19,166 24,509 34,204 48,077 61,093
Diluted EPS ($) 1.49 2.04 2.53 1.37 -0.09

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012 Mar. 31, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 12,834.00 13,806.00 21,268.00 16,070.00
Diluted EPS ($) 0.01 -0.60 0.21 0.18

Past Performance:
Amazon.com has missed analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a bust if the company misses estimates.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)