Electronics For Imaging Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (NASDAQ:EFII) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. Electronics For Imaging deals in color digital print controllers, super-wide format printers, and inks and print management solutions.

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 28 cents per share, a rise of 75% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 72.7% versus last year to 76 cents.

Past Earnings Performance: The company met estimates last quarter after beating the forecasts in the prior two. In the third quarter, the company reported net income of 17 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 17 cents per share. In the second quarter, the company beat estimates by one cent.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 10.1% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $159.7 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with three analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and one rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 54.2% to $6.1 million (13 cents a share) from $13.4 million (29 cents a share) the year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue rose 14.1% to $147.3 million from $129 million.

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 21.6%, with the biggest boost coming in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year when revenue rose 27.2% from the year earlier quarter.

Competitors to Watch: Gerber Scientific, Inc. (NYSE:GRB), Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), Xerox Corporation (NYSE:XRX), Sony (NYSE:SNE), Presstek, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRST), Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) and Duoyuan Printing, Inc. (NYSE:DYP).

Stock Price Performance: During December 16, 2011 to January 18, 2012, the stock price had risen $1.83 (13.1%) from $13.97 to $15.80. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 7, 2011 and October 14, 2011 when shares rose for six-straight days, rising 8.4% (+$1.21) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 7.7% (-$1.40) over that span.

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

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