Dun & Bradstreet Earnings: Here’s Why Investors are Ambivalent Now

Dun & Bradstreet Corp. (NYSE:DNB) delivered a profit and missed Wall Street’s expectations, AND came up short on beating the revenue expectation. The revenue miss is a negative sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company. Shares are down 0%.

Dun & Bradstreet Corp. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share decreased 13.07% to $1.53 in the quarter versus EPS of $1.76 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 0.65% to $386.4 million from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Dun & Bradstreet Corp. reported adjusted EPS income of $1.53 per share. By that measure, the company missed the mean analyst estimate of $1.96. It missed the average revenue estimate of $416.67 million.

Quoting Management: “Our preliminary second quarter results were slightly ahead of expectations and we are on track to deliver our guidance for 2013” said Sara Mathew, D&B’s Chairman and CEO. “We are just beginning to leverage our recent investments in our data and infrastructure and continue to see significant opportunities ahead. We look forward to sharing our perspective with you at tomorrow’s Investor Day event.”

Key Stats (on next page)…

Revenue increased 1.42% from $381 million in the previous quarter. EPS increased 0% from $1.53 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $2.72 to a profit $2.74. For the current year, the average estimate has moved up from a profit of $7.51 to a profit of $7.56 over the last ninety days.

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