Domino’s Pizza, Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE:DPZ) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Domino’s Pizza, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in retail sales of food through Domino’s Pizza stores, sales equipment and supplies to Domino’s Pizza stores, and receipt of royalties from domestic and international Domino’s Pizza franchise.

Domino’s Pizza, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for profit of 49 cents per share, a rise of 16.7% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 48 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 49 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 16% compared to last year’s $1.96.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 4 cents, coming in at net income of 52 cents a share versus the estimate of profit of 48 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $404.1 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 3.8% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.7 billion for the year, a rise of 3% from last year’s revenue of $1.65 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Domino’s Pizza with six of 10 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit rose 27.9% to $30.9 million (52 cents a share) from $24.2 million (40 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 4.5% to $501.7 million from $480 million.

Key Stats:

This upcoming earnings announcement will be a chance to build on positive earnings momentum over the last three quarters. Net income rose 11.6% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year and 33.1% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year before increasing again in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

On the top line, the company is looking to build on four-straight revenue increases heading into this earnings announcement. Revenue rose 2.1% in the first quarter of the last fiscal year, 6.2% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year and 8.3% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year before increasing again in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between January 30, 2012 and April 25, 2012, the stock price rose $5.76 (19.1%), from $30.21 to $35.97. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 26, 2012 and February 3, 2012, when shares rose for seven straight days, increasing 5.2% (+$1.55) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between February 3, 2012 and February 10, 2012 when shares fell for six straight days, dropping 4.2% (-$1.31) over that span.

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

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