DST Systems Earnings: What Investors Should Watch

DST Systems (NYSE:DST) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, July 25th. DST Systems, Inc. provides information processing and computer software services and products. The Company’s operating segments include financial services, customer management, and output solutions. DST’s data center provides information-processing services to support the products within each operating segment.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Dst Systems Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $1.05 per share on revenues of $475.63 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 8.77.

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 $1.17 to a profit $1.14. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $4.44, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

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

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 2,285 2,218 2,329 2,389 2,577
Diluted EPS ($) 4.28 4.84 6.73 4.01 7.08

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012 Mar. 31, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 632.80 632.00 487.00 682.40
Diluted EPS ($) 3.17 1.87 0.82 2.04

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

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