Autobytel Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Autobytel (NASDAQ:ABTL) will report earnings after markets close on Thursday, May 2nd. Autobytel Inc. provides online commerce and information through its several Web sites. The Company provides marketing, data, technology, and management services to benefit every manufacturer and dealership. Autobytel powers manufacturer and portal auto channels with data and tools to help customers buy cars, generates car sales through its Web sites, and provides advertising.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Autobytel Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.04 per share on revenues of $17.63 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 27.60.

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 $0.05 to a profit $0.03. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $0.22, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

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

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 71.16 52.92 51.53 63.81 66.80
Diluted EPS ($) -9.05 -0.25 -0.95 0.04 0.15

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 ($) in millions 16.22 16.70 15.73 17.45 16.91
Diluted EPS ($) 0.0364 0.05 0.02 0.06 0.0389

Past Performance:
Autobytel has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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