Capstone Turbine Corp First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Capstone Turbine Corp (NASDAQ:CPST) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, August 9, 2011. Capstone Turbine Corporation develops, manufactures, markets and services microturbine technology solutions for use in stationary distributed power generation applications.

Capstone Turbine Corp Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for a loss of 3 cents per share, a narrower loss from the year earlier quarter net loss of 4 cents.

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 net loss of 12 cents per share versus a mean estimate of 3 cents. Two quarters ago, it reported a loss of 3 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $25.3 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 57.3% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $119 million for the year, a rise of 45.4% from last year’s revenue of $81.9 million.

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

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 32.4%, with the biggest boost coming in the third quarter of the last fiscal year when revenue rose 51.1% from the year earlier quarter.

The company boosted its gross margin by 10 percentage points in the in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year. Revenue rose 39.4% while cost of sales rose 27.3% to $23.8 million from a year earlier.

Competitors to Watch: Ocean Power Tech., Inc. (NASDAQ:OPTT), Broadwind Energy Inc. (NASDAQ:BWEN), Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (NYSE:DRC), Generac Holdings Inc. (NYSE:GNRC), Woodward Inc (WWD), Xzeres Corp. (XPWR), Helix Wind Corp (HLXW), Mass Megawatts Wind Power Inc (MMMW), GWS Technologies Inc (GWSC), and WindGen Energy Inc. (WGEI).

Stock Price Performance: During May 9, 2011 to August 3, 2011, the stock price had fallen 40 cents (-22.3%) from $1.79 to $1.39. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 14, 2011 and March 23, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 29.2% (+47 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between August 6, 2010 and August 13, 2010 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 27.8% (-27 cents) over that span. Shares are up 43 cents (+44.8%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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