DIRECTV Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 16, 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 90 cents per share, a rise of 21.6% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 87 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from 88 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 36.3% compared to last year’s $3.38.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company missed estimates by 3 cents, coming in at profit of 70 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 73 cents per share. In the second quarter, the company beat estimates by 6 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 11.9% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $7.41 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Optimism surrounds DIRECTV, as 10 analysts rate it as a buy, two rate it as a sell, and nine rate it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 7.7% to $516 million (70 cents a share) from $479 million (55 cents a share) the year earlier, but fell short analyst expectations. Revenue rose 13.6% to $6.84 billion from $6.03 billion.

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 12.5%, with the biggest boost coming in the most recent quarter when revenue rose 13.6% from the year earlier quarter.

Stock Price Performance: From January 12, 2012 to February 10, 2012, the stock price rose $2.42 (5.6%), from $43.09 to $45.51. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and May 2, 2011, when shares rose for 10 straight days, increasing 6.4% (+$2.95) 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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