Expedia Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 9, 2012. Expedia provides travel products and services to leisure and corporate travelers in the United States and abroad as well as various media and advertising offerings to advertisers.

Expedia, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 62 cents per share, a rise of 6.9% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 71 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 62 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 0.6% versus last year to $3.10.

Past Earnings Performance: The company is looking to top estimates for the third straight quarter. Last quarter, it reported profit of $1.52 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $1.40, and the quarter before, the company exceeded forecasts by 8 cents with profit of $1 versus a mean estimate of net income of 92 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 0.9% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $815.3 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on Expedia as eight analysts rate it as a buy, two rate it as a sell and six rate it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 18.7% to $209.5 million ($1.50 a share) from $176.6 million ($1.24 a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 15.5% to $1.14 billion from $987.9 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 17.2%, with the biggest boost coming in the second quarter when revenue rose 22.7% from the year earlier quarter.

Stock Price Performance: During December 6, 2011 to February 3, 2012, the stock price had fallen $8.14 (-19.2%) from $42.36 to $34.22. It saw one of its worst periods between February 15, 2011 and March 1, 2011 when shares fell for 10-straight days, falling 9.3% (-$2.93) over that span. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 23, 2011 and December 5, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 11.9% (+$4.51) over that span.

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

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