DIRECTV First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. DIRECTV acquires and distributes digital entertainment programming in the U.S. and Latin America.

DIRECTV Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for net income of $1.07 per share, a rise of 30.5% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from $1.05. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at $1.07 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 27% versus last year to $4.38.

Last quarter, the company came in at profit of $1.02 per share against a mean estimate of net income of 91 cents per share, beating estimates after missing them in the previous quarter. In the third quarter of the last fiscal year, it missed forecasts by 3 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 11.4% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $7.04 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are optimistic about this stock, with 12 analysts rating it as a buy, one rating it as a sell and seven rating it as a hold. Over the past 90 days, the average rating for the stock has moved up from hold to moderate buy.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit rose 16.2% to $718 million ($1 a share) from $618 million (73 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 12.7% to $7.46 billion from $6.62 billion.

Key Stats:

The company enters this earnings announcement with substantial revenue momentum. The company has averaged year-over-year revenue growth of 13% over the last four quarters.

After experiencing income increases the last three quarters, the company is hoping to keep the good news coming with this earnings announcement. Net income rose 29.1% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year and 7.7% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year before increasing again in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between February 6, 2012 and May 2, 2012, the stock price rose $4.39 (9.7%), from $45.44 to $49.83. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 23, 2012 and May 2, 2012, when shares rose for eight straight days, increasing 5.3% (+$2.53) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between December 12, 2011 and December 19, 2011 when shares fell for six straight days, dropping 10.5% (-$4.89) over that span.

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

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