Blackbaud Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLKB) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Blackbaud is a global provider of software and related services designed specifically for nonprofit organizations.

Blackbaud, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 24 cents per share, no change from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 14.3% compared to last year’s 88 cents.

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 profit of 25 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 24 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 14.1% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $99.2 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Blackbaud with four of six analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 14.6% to $9.8 million (22 cents a share) from $8.5 million (20 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 14.8% to $95.5 million from $83.2 million.

Key Stats:

For three consecutive quarters, the comapny has seen net income rise. Net income rose 31.5% in the second quarter and 27.4% in the first quarter.

Revenue has increased for three consecutive quarters. It rose 15.8% in the second quarter from the year earlier and 14.5% in the first quarter.

Stock Price Performance: Between December 19, 2011 and February 16, 2012, the stock price had risen $4.19 (15.2%), from $27.55 to $31.74. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 23, 2011 and April 1, 2011, when shares rose for eight straight days, increasing 8.2% (+$2.05) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between March 8, 2011 and March 16, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight days, dropping 7.8% (-$2.06) over that span.

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

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