Baidu.com Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Baidu.com, Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, January 30, 2012. Baidu.com is a Chinese language Internet search provider.

Baidu.com, Inc. (ADR) Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 89 cents per share, a rise of 78% 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 86 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 89 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $2.95 per share, a rise of 92.8% 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 one cent, reporting net income of 84 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 83 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $698.9 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 88.2% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $2.24 billion for the year, a rise of 86.7% from last year’s revenue of $1.2 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 15 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and two rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 88.4% to $294.7 million (84 cents a share) from $156.4 million (45 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 93.9% to $653.9 million from $337.1 million.

Key Stats:

Revenue has gone up for three straight quarters. It rose 87.1% in the second quarter from the year earlier and 96.3% in the first quarter.

Competitors to Watch: Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ:SOHU), SINA Corporation (NASDAQ:SINA), Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), NetEase.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTES), InfoSpace, Inc. (NASDAQ:INSP), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Youku.com Inc (NYSE:YOKU), and AOL, Inc. (NYSE:AOL).

Stock Price Performance: During October 27, 2011 to January 25, 2012, the stock price had fallen $13.36 (-9.7%) from $138.39 to $125.03. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 5, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 13.4% (+$17.19) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between September 14, 2011 and September 22, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 16.5% (-$24.30) over that span.

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

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