DineEquity Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Continue?

DineEquity (NYSE:DIN) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, May 2nd. DineEquity, Inc. and its subsidiaries develop, operate, and franchise family restaurants. The Company’s restaurants feature pancakes, omelets, and other breakfast specialties, as well as lunch and dinner items. The restaurants are primarily operated by franchisees in the United States, Canada, and Japan.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Dineequity Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $1.01 per share on revenues of $163.79 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 10.67.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $1.1 to a profit $0.9. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $3.73, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

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

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1,614 1,414 1,334 1,075 849.93
Diluted EPS ($) -10.09 0.55 -1.74 3.89 6.63

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 ($) in millions 242.18 245.58 229.39 216.32 158.64
Diluted EPS ($) 1.521 1.64 0.88 3.14 0.9481

Past Performance:
Dineequity 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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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)