Global Payments Earnings: What Investors Should Watch

Global Payments (NYSE:GPN) will report earnings after markets close on Thursday, July 25th. Global Payments Inc. provides electronic transaction processing, information systems, and services. The Company serves the financial, corporate, government, and merchant communities on a worldwide basis. Global Payments provides funds transfer, merchant services, merchant accounting, Internet services, and other services.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Global Payments Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $1.02 per share on revenues of $638.88 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 21.04.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a neutral outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings is a profit of $1.01 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $3.69, which is the same as the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Global Payments has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1,602 1,642 1,860 2,204
Diluted EPS ($) 0.46 2.52 2.60 2.37

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter May. 31, 2012 Aug. 31, 2012 Nov. 30, 2012 Feb. 28, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 597.03 473.62 588.54 578.75
Diluted EPS ($) 0.06 0.59 0.89 0.75

Past Performance:
Global Payments has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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