Beazer Homes USA Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Beazer Homes USA, Inc. (NYSE:BZH) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 2, 2012. Beazer Homes USA designs, sells, and builds single-family and multi-family homes in the United States.

Beazer Homes USA, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for a loss of 35 cents per share, a narrower loss from the year earlier quarter net loss of 63 cents. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from a loss of 46 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at a loss of 35 cents during the last month.

Past Earnings Performance: The company enters this earnings report having missed estimates the last four quarters. Last quarter, the company fell short of expectations by 15 cents, reporting net loss of of 47 cents per share against a mean estimate of a loss of 32 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 91.7% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $211.4 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bearish on Beazer Homes USA as three analysts rate it as a sell, two rate it as a buy and two rate it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company’s loss narrowed to a loss of $43.2 million (58 cents a share) from a loss of $59.5 million (98 cents) a year earlier, but missed analyst expectations. Revenue rose 32.4% to $334.9 million from $252.9 million.

Key Stats:

A year-over-year revenue increase in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year snapped a streak of three consecutive quarters of revenue declines. Revenue fell 49.2% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year, 35.7% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year and 49.6% in the first quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:MDC), KB Home (NYSE:KBH), Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:HOV), D.R. Horton, Inc. (NYSE:DHI), M/I Homes, Inc. (NYSE:MHO), NVR, Inc. (NYSE:NVR), The Ryland Group, Inc. (NYSE:RYL) and PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE:PHM).

Stock Price Performance: During November 29, 2011 to January 27, 2012, the stock price had risen $1.29 (65.8%) from $1.96 to $3.25. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 28, 2011 and January 11, 2012 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 39.3% (+90 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 11, 2011 when shares fell for 15-straight days, falling 52.4% (-$1.73) over that span.

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

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