Compuware Corp Second Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Compuware Corp (NASDAQ:CPWR) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, October 20, 2011. Compuware provides software products and professional services that improve the performance of information technology organizations.

Compuware Corp Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 10 cents per share, a decline of 16.7% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 14.6% versus last year to 55 cents.

Past Earnings Performance: The company is looking to make a streak of three quarters of beating estimates. Last quarter, it beat expectations by reporting net income of 8 cents per share, and the previous quarter, it had profit of 16 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 10.5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $249.5 million.

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

A Look Back: In the first quarter, profit rose 34.3% to $17 million (8 cents a share) from $12.6 million (6 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 11.4% to $230 million from $206.5 million.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 8.5% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year earlier, climbed 7.5% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 3.6% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year.

The company has now been profitable for the last eight quarters, and for the last four, profit has risen year over year by an average of 14.9%. The quarter with the biggest boost was the third quarter of the last fiscal year, which saw a 39.3% surge.

Competitors to Watch: Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), CA, Inc. (NASDAQ:CA), Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Quest Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:QSFT), BMC Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:BMC), Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), OPNET Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPNT), and Sybase, Inc. (SY).

Stock Price Performance: During August 18, 2011 to October 14, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.04 (13.6%) from $7.67 to $8.71. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 4, 2011 and January 12, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 2.1% (+24 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between April 1, 2011 and April 12, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 5.8% (-67 cents) over that span. Shares are down $2.96 (-25.4%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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