Electronics For Imaging, Inc. Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (NASDAQ:EFII) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, October 20, 2011. 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 net income of 17 cents per share, a decline of 51.4% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 15 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 17 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 79.5% versus last year to 79 cents.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by one cent, coming in at profit of 12 cents a share versus the estimate of net income of 11 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 12.7% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $145.4 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on Electronics For Imaging as two analysts rate it as a buy, none rate it as a sell and two rate it as a hold. Over the past 90 days, the average rating for the stock has moved up from hold to moderate buy.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, the company swung to a profit of $3.6 million (7 cents a share) from a loss of $2.5 million (6 cents) a year earlier, beating analyst estimates. Revenue rose 18.5% to $141.2 million from $119.1 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 25%, with the biggest boost coming in the third quarter of the last fiscal year when revenue rose 28% 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 August 18, 2011 to October 14, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.94 (14.3%) from $13.59 to $15.53. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 30, 2010 and December 8, 2010 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 7.9% (+$1.03) 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. Shares are up $1.22 (+8.5%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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