Deluxe Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Continue?

Deluxe (NYSE:DLX) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, April 25th. Deluxe Corporation provides check printing and related business services. The Company offers personalized printed items (checks, forms, business cards, stationery, greeting cards and labels), promotional products and merchandising materials. Deluxe also offers business services, including logo design, payroll, web design and hosting, business networking, and search engine marketing.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Deluxe Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.87 per share on revenues of $379.90 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 11.46.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.87 to a profit $0.88. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $3.63, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Deluxe has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1,469 1,344 1,402 1,418 1,515
Diluted EPS ($)

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 366.43 377.98 371.01 378.34 387.58
Diluted EPS ($)

Past Performance:
Deluxe has beat analyst estimates 4 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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