FactSet Research Systems Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

FactSet Research Systems, Inc. (NYSE:FDS) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, December 13, 2011. FactSet Research Systems 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 net income of $1 per share, a rise of 17.6% 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 98 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at $1 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 19.8% versus last year to $4.17.

Past Earnings Performance: The company fell short of estimates last quarter after being in line with forecasts the quarter prior. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, it reported profit of 88 cents per share versus a mean estimate of 95 cents. Two quarters ago, it reported net income of 92 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $197.2 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 13.8% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $821.3 million for the year, a rise of 13% from last year’s revenue of $726.5 million.

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

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit rose 4% to $40.9 million (86 cents a share) from $39.3 million (83 cents a share) the year earlier, but fell short analyst expectations. Revenue rose 14.1% to $191.9 million from $168.2 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 13.3%, with the biggest boost coming in the third quarter of the last fiscal year when revenue rose 14.6% from the year earlier quarter.

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 12% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year and 25.3% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year.

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Stock Price Performance: During September 13, 2011 to December 7, 2011, the stock price had risen $9.04 (10.7%) from $84.47 to $93.51. 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% (+$5.77) 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) over that span. Shares are up 78 cents (+0.8%) year to date.

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

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