Buffalo Wild Wings Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Buffalo Wild Wings (NASDAQ:BWLD) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Buffalo Wild Wings is an owner, operator, and franchiser of restaurants.

Buffalo Wild Wings Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 67 cents per share, a rise of 21.8% 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 66 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has risen during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $2.67 per share, a rise of 27.1% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company topped estimates last quarter after missing forecasts the quarter prior. In the third quarter, it reported profit of 61 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 58 cents per share. In the second quarter, it missed forecasts by 2 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $210.1 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 28.1% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $774.5 million for the year, a rise of 26.3% from last year’s revenue of $613.3 million.

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

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 32.5% to $11.3 million (61 cents a share) from $8.5 million (47 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 30.7% to $197.8 million from $151.3 million.

Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 22.4%, with the biggest boost coming in the most recent quarter when revenue rose 30.7% from the year earlier quarter.

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 16.4% in the second quarter and 40.7% in the first quarter.

Stock Price Performance: During December 2, 2011 to February 1, 2012, the stock price had risen $4.15 (6.5%) from $64.19 to $68.34. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 22, 2011 and March 30, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 6.8% (+$3.54) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 19, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 8.3% (-$5.78) over that span.

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

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