DirecTV: Here’s What Investors Need to Know Before Earnings

DirecTV (NASDAQ:DTV) will report earnings before markets open on Tuesday, May 7th. DIRECTV provides digital television entertainment in the United States and Latin America. The Company acquires, promotes, sells and distributes digital entertainment programming via satellite to residential and commercial subscribers.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Directv Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $1.09 per share on revenues of $7.53 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 12.37.

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 $1.46 to a profit $1.37. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $4.81, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

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Earnings Trends:

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

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 19,690 21,560 24,100 27,230 29,740
Diluted EPS ($) 1.37 0.95 2.30 3.47 4.58

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 ($) in millions 7,463 7,046 7,224 7,416 8,054
Diluted EPS ($) 1.016 1.07 1.09 0.90 1.542

Past Performance:
Directv has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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