Brookdale Senior Living Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. (NYSE:BKD) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 16, 2012. Brookdale Senior Living is an operator of senior living communities in the United States. It operates in four business segments: retirement centers, assisted living communities, continuing care retirement communities, and management services.

Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for the company to break even after the company reported profit of one cent per share in the year-earlier quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 2 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at breaking even during the last month.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company missed estimates by 4 cents, coming in at a loss of 9 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net loss of 5 cents per share. In the second quarter, the company beat estimates by one cent.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 6.4% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $597.1 million.

Analyst Ratings: Of the seven analysts surveyed, five (71.4%) rate Brookdale Senior Living a buy. This falls under the mean analyst rating of eight competitors, which average 79.2% buy ratings.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, the company’s loss narrowed to a loss of $7 million (6 cents a share) from a loss of $16.9 million (14 cents) a year earlier, but missed analyst expectations. Revenue rose 10.3% to $615.7 million from $558.5 million.

Key Stats:

Revenue has gone up in the past four quarters. Revenue rose 6.3% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 4.6% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 8.3% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between December 13, 2011 and February 10, 2012, the stock price had risen $3.33 (22%), from $15.17 to $18.50. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 19, 2011 and December 30, 2011, when shares rose for nine straight days, increasing 21.5% (+$3.08) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between March 30, 2011 and April 13, 2011 when shares fell for 11 straight days, dropping 7.3% (-$2.05) over that span.

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

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