American Science & Engineering: Here’s What Investors Need to Know Before Earnings

American Science & Engineering (NASDAQ:ASEI) will report earnings after markets close on Tuesday, May 7th. American Science and Engineering, Inc. provides X-ray detection and imaging products used for the detection of illegal drugs, terrorist explosives, and smuggled goods. The Company’s equipment, purchased by government and commercial clients, utilizes transmission and backscatter X-ray detection to provide differentiation of bombs, drugs, and contraband in camouflaged environments.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to American Science & Engineering Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.66 per share on revenues of $51.64 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 29.79.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.57 to a profit $0.62. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $2.63, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

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Earnings Trends:

Here’s how American Science & Engineering has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 166.73 218.37 242.09 278.58 203.55
Diluted EPS ($) 1.87 3.18 3.97 4.63 2.34

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

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 57.91 39.76 47.34 46.25 50.80
Diluted EPS ($) 0.84 0.1490 0.47 0.76 0.73

Past Performance:
American Science & Engineering has beat analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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

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