Amerco First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Amerco (NASDAQ:UHAL) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, August 3, 2011. The company is North America’s ‘do-it-yourself’ moving and storage operator through its subsidiary U-Haul International, Inc.

Amerco Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $3.69 per share, a rise of 13.2% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from $4.14. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down, but it has been unchanged at $3.69 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $9.47 per share, a rise of 7.6% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by $1, reporting profit of 52 cents per share against a mean estimate of a loss of 48 cents per share.

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Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 14%, with the biggest boost coming in the first quarter of the last fiscal year when revenue rose 19.6% from the year earlier quarter.

Competitors to Watch: Avis Budget Group Inc. (NYSE:CAR), Zipcar Inc (NASDAQ:ZIP), Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE:R), Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc. (AMEX:XPO), Hertz Global Hldgs., Inc. (NYSE:HTZ), Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ:LSTR), Patriot Transportation Holding, Inc. (NASDAQ:PATR).

Stock Price Performance: During May 3, 2011 to July 28, 2011, the stock price had fallen $9.69 (-9.7%) from $99.89 to $90.20. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 26, 2010 and September 2, 2010 when shares rose for six-straight days, rising 8.4% (+$6.38) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between April 29, 2011 and May 6, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 4.7% (-$4.73) over that span. Shares are down $5.84 (-6.1%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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