BMC Software, Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component BMC Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:BMC) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. BMC Software, Inc. is a software vendor offering an extensive portfolio of software solutions, including mainframe, distributed and virtualized systems, applications, databases and IT process management functions. Microsoft Corp Earnings Cheat Sheet: Beats Estimates>>

BMC Software, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 57 cents per share, a rise of 11.8% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 60 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down, but it has been unchanged at 57 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $2.78 per share, a rise of 29.3% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company fell short of estimates last quarter after being in line with forecasts the quarter prior. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, it reported profit of 55 cents per share versus a mean estimate of 66 cents. Two quarters ago, it reported net income of 69 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $506.4 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 9.9% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $2.25 billion for the year, a rise of 8.7% from last year’s revenue of $2.07 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with eight analysts rating it as a buy, one rating it as a sell and three rating it as a hold.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue increased 14.4% to $562.2 million in fourth quarter of the last fiscal year. The figure rose 6.3% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year from the year earlier, climbed 8.8% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 2.4% in the first quarter of the last fiscal year.

The increase in profit in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year comes after net income fell in the previous quarter. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, net income rose 3.1% to $122.5 million. In the third quarter of the last fiscal year, net income fell 1.4%.

Competitors to Watch: Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), CA, Inc. (NASDAQ:CA), Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Quest Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:QSFT), Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ:CPWR), SAP AG (NYSE:SAP), and Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ).

Stock Price Performance: During April 26, 2011 to July 21, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.99 (4%) from $50.11 to $52.10. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 28, 2011 and April 6, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 4.1% (+$2.02) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 6.3% (-$3.49) over that span. Shares are up $4.96 (+10.5%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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