DealerTrack Holdings Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

DealerTrack Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRAK) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. DealerTrack Holdings is a provider of on-demand software and data solutions for the automotive retail industry in the United States.

DealerTrack Holdings, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 16 cents per share, a rise of 23.1% 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. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of 80 cents per share, a rise of more than twofold from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company reported net income of 28 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of. The company has beaten estimates for the past three quarters.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 36.5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $84.6 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about DealerTrack Holdings with five of eight analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose more than fourfold to $5.4 million (13 cents a share) from $1.2 million (3 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 51.7% to $95.8 million from $63.1 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 37%, with the biggest boost coming in the most recent quarter when revenue rose 51.7% from the year earlier quarter.

Stock Price Performance: Between November 17, 2011 and February 15, 2012, the stock price rose $5 (20.1%), from $24.88 to $29.88. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 7, 2011, when shares rose for nine straight days, increasing 15.2% (+$3.25) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 29, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight days, dropping 26.3% (-$6.09) over that span.

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

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