ANN First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

ANN Inc. (NYSE:ANN) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, May 18, 2012. Ann offers a range of career and casual separates, dresses, tops, weekend wear, shoes, and accessories to provide modern styles that are versatile across all occasions and needs. .

ANN Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 50 cents per share, a decline of 2% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 48 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 50 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 17.6% versus last year to $2.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by one cent, reporting net income of 10 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 9 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 7% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $560.2 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock, with eight analysts rating it as a buy, one rating it as a sell and five rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit fell 72.7% to $2.2 million (6 cents a share) from $8 million (14 cents a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue rose 10% to $566.7 million from $515.3 million.

Key Stats:

The decrease in profit in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year broke a streak of three consecutive quarters of year-over-year profit increases. Net income rose 33.4% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year, 33.2% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year and 20.8% in the first quarter of the last fiscal year.

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 11.6% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year from the year earlier, climbed 15.5% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 10% in the first quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between February 16, 2012 and May 14, 2012, the stock price rose $3.85 (16.3%), from $23.57 to $27.42. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 25, 2011 and December 7, 2011, when shares rose for nine straight days, increasing 16.8% (+$3.66) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 19, 2011 and July 28, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight days, dropping 8.2% (-$2.29) over that span.

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

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