FactSet Research Systems Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

FactSet Research Systems, Inc. (NYSE:FDS) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. FactSet Research Systems Inc. is a provider of integrated global financial and economic information, including fundamental financial data on tens of thousands of companies worldwide.

FactSet Research Systems, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 95 cents per share, a rise of 15.9% 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 and it has not changed during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $3.63 per share, a rise of 17.5% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company met estimates last quarter after beating the forecasts in the prior two. In the third quarter, the company reported profit of 92 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 92 cents per share. In the second quarter, the company beat estimates by 2 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $190.3 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 13.1% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $724.9 million for the year, a rise of 13.1% from last year’s revenue of $641.1 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about FactSet Research Systems with five of six analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

Key Stats:

The company has now seen net income rise in three straight quarters. In the third quarter, net income rose 12% while it rose 25.3% in the second quarter and 15.1% in the first quarter.

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue increased 14.6% to $183.6 million in third quarter. The figure rose 12.9% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 11.6% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 8.2% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI), Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ:MORN), Thomson Reuters Corp. (NYSE:TRI), EDGAR Online, Inc. (NASDAQ:EDGR), The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (NYSE:MHP), Envestnet, Inc. (NYSE:ENV), IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS), News Corporation (NASDAQ:NWSA), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM), and Lehman Brothers Hldgs. Inc. (LEHMQ).

Stock Price Performance: During June 20, 2011 to September 14, 2011, the stock price had fallen $11.70 (-11.9%) from $98.07 to $86.37. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 22, 2011 and April 4, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 5.8% (+$5.80) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 6, 2011 and July 18, 2011 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 8.8% (-$9.02) over that span. Shares are down $6.64 (-7.1%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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