Heartland Payment Systems Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Continue?

Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE:HPY) will report earnings before markets open on Tuesday, April 30th. Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. provides bank card-based payment processing services to small-and medium-sized merchants in the United States

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Heartland Payment Systems Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.40 per share on revenues of $144.06 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 18.80.

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 $0.52 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $1.94, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Heartland Payment Systems has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1,545 1,652 1,856 1,986 2,013
Diluted EPS ($) 1.08 -1.38 0.88 1.09 1.64

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

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 460.05 470.48 518.52 534.15 490.28
Diluted EPS ($) 0.2771 0.34 0.44 0.48 0.3847

Past Performance:
Heartland Payment Systems has beat analyst estimates 4 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)