Compuware Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Compuware Corp (NASDAQ:CPWR) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. 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 analyst estimate is for profit of 12 cents per share, a decline of 25% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. 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 16.7% compared to last year’s 40 cents.

Past Earnings Performance: The company fell short of estimates last quarter after being in line with forecasts the quarter prior. In the third quarter, it reported net income of 10 cents per share versus a mean estimate of 11 cents. Two quarters ago, it reported profit of 10 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 5.1% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $262.4 million.

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

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 36.5% to $21.6 million (10 cents a share) from $34 million (15 cents a share) the year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Revenue rose 2.4% to $253.1 million from $247 million.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is looking to build on four-straight revenue increases heading into this earnings announcement. Revenue rose 8.5% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, 11.4% in the first quarter and 15.4% in the second quarter before increasing again in the third quarter.

After experiencing income drops the past two quarters, the company is hoping to use this earnings announcement to rebound. Net income dropped 12.7% in the second quarter and then again in the third quarter.

Stock Price Performance: Between March 20, 2012 and May 16, 2012, the stock price had fallen 84 cents (-9.1%), from $9.24 to $8.40. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 30, 2012 and February 14, 2012, when shares rose for 12 straight days, increasing 12.2% (+95 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between March 26, 2012 and April 4, 2012 when shares fell for eight straight days, dropping 5.8% (-55 cents) over that span.

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

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