Fairchild Semiconductor International Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Fairchild Semiconductor International (NYSE:FCS) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, January 19, 2012. Fairchild Semiconductor International is focused on developing, manufacturing and selling power analog, power discrete and certain non-power semiconductor solutions to a range of end market customers.

Fairchild Semiconductor International Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 16 cents per share, a decline of 64.4% 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 17 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 16 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 13.2% versus last year to $1.31.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 2 cents, coming in at profit of 34 cents a share versus the estimate of net income of 32 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $358.9 million in revenue this quarter, a decline of 9.8% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.61 billion for the year, a rise of 0.6% from last year’s revenue of $1.6 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with seven analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and three rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit remained level at $35.8 million (28 cents a share) from the year earlier, beating analyst estimates. Revenue fell 2.7% to $403.2 million from $414.4 million.

Key Stats:

A year-over-year revenue decrease in the third quarter snapped a streak of three consecutive quarters of revenue increases. Revenue rose 5.8%in the second quarter, 9.3% in the first quarter and 12.2% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

The company has now been profitable for the last eight quarters, and for the last four, profit has risen year over year by an average of 96.1%. The quarter with the biggest boost was the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, which saw a more than threefold surge.

Competitors to Watch: ON Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ:ONNN), National Semicond. Corp. (NYSE:NSM), Texas Instruments Inc. (NYSE:TXN), Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ:ISIL), Diodes Incorporated (NASDAQ:DIOD), STMicroelectronics N.V. (NYSE:STM), Infineon Tech. AG (IFNNY), Microsemi Corporation (NASDAQ:MSCC), Maxim Integrated Products Inc. (NASDAQ:MXIM), and Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE:ADI).

Stock Price Performance: During December 14, 2011 to January 13, 2012, the stock price had risen $1.33 (11.5%) from $11.59 to $12.92. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and April 27, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 14.1% (+$2.55) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 12-straight days, falling 28.2% (-$4.83) over that span.

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

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