Capstone Turbine Corp First Quarter Earnings SNEAK PREVIEW

Capstone Turbine Corporation (NASDAQ:CPST) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, August 9, 2012. Capstone Turbine develops, manufactures, markets, and services microturbine technology solutions for use in stationary distributed power generation applications.

Capstone Turbine Corporation Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net loss of 2 cents per share, a narrower loss from the year-earlier quarter net loss of 3 cents. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from a loss of one cent. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at a loss of 2 cents during the last month.

Past Earnings Performance: The company showed a loss of 3 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net loss of last quarter. This marks the fourth month of falling short of estimates.

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A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company’s loss narrowed to a loss of $8.3 million (3 cents a share) from a loss of $28.8 million (12 cents) a year earlier, but missed analyst expectations. Revenue rose 32.4% to $30.1 million from $22.8 million.

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 27.3% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $30.9 million.

Stock Price Performance: Between June 7, 2012 and August 3, 2012, the stock price had risen 8 cents (8.1%), from 98 cents to $1.06. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 28, 2012 and July 5, 2012, when shares rose for five straight days, increasing 10.1% (+10 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 15, 2011 and November 25, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight days, dropping 28.9% (-37 cents) over that span.

Key Stats:

The company enters this earnings announcement with substantial revenue momentum. The company has averaged year-over-year revenue growth of 35.7% over the last four quarters.

Balance Sheet Analysis: The company’s current ratio of assets to liabilities came in at 2.21 last quarter. Having a ratio above 2:1 is usually considered a good indicator of a company’s liquidity and ability to meet creditor demands.

Analyst Ratings: With three analysts rating the stock a buy, none rating it a sell and one rating the stock a hold, there are indications of a bullish stance by analysts.

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

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