Aspen Technology Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Aspen Technology (NASDAQ:AZPN) will report earnings after markets close on Thursday, August 15th. Aspen Technology, Inc. supplies software products and services for the analysis, design, and automation of process manufacturing facilities. The Company’s software and services are used by companies in the chemical, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, and metals industries.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Aspen Technology Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.08 per share on revenues of $78.79 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 160.30.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a neutral outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings is a profit of $0.13 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $0.42, which is the same as the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Aspen Technology has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 312 166 198 243
Diluted EPS ($) 0.57 -1.18 0.11 -0.15

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 ($) in millions 64.02 71.46 77.31 79.36
Diluted EPS ($) -0.06 0.05 0.10 0.11

Past Performance:
Aspen Technology 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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