FactSet Research Systems Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

FactSet Research Systems, Inc. (NYSE:FDS) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. 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 $1.04 per share, a rise of 13% 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 $1.03. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at $1.04 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 19% versus last year to $4.14.

Past Earnings Performance: The company is looking to top estimates for the third straight quarter. Last quarter, it reported profit of $1.05 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $1, and the quarter before, the company exceeded forecasts by 2 cents with profit of $1.02 versus a mean estimate of net income of $1.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $203.1 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 10.6% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $811 million for the year, a rise of 11.6% from last year’s revenue of $726.5 million.

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

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 3.3% to $46.7 million ($1.02 a share) from $45.3 million (95 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 12.2% to $199.4 million from $177.6 million.

Stock Price Performance: Between March 12, 2012 and June 6, 2012, the stock price rose $16.05 (17.7%), from $90.55 to $106.60. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between May 18, 2012 and May 25, 2012, when shares rose for six straight days, increasing 4.5% (+$4.61) 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, dropping 8.8% (-$8.94) over that span.

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

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