Hyatt Hotels Corp First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, May 3, 2012. Hyatt Hotels provides hospitality services on a worldwide basis through the management, franchising and ownership of hospitality related businesses. .

Hyatt Hotels Corporation Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for net income of 9 cents per share, a rise of 28.6% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 13 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 9 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of 72 cents per share, a decline of 10% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 18 cents, reporting net income of 31 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 13 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 10.3% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $964.8 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on Hyatt Hotels, as seven analysts rate it as a buy, none rate it as a sell and seven rate it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit rose 766.7% to $52 million (31 cents a share) from $6 million (4 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 7.8% to $990 million from $918 million.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is looking to build on four-straight revenue increases heading into this earnings announcement. Revenue rose 4% in the first quarter of the last fiscal year, 5.3% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year and 2% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year before increasing again in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year of the last fiscal year.

The company enters this earnings announcement with steady profits recently. Net income has risen year-over-year average of more than threefold for the last four quarters.

Stock Price Performance: Between March 1, 2012 and April 27, 2012, the stock price had risen $1.88 (4.5%), from $41.57 to $43.45. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 19, 2011 and December 27, 2011, when shares rose for six straight days, increasing 9.9% (+$3.46) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 27, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight days, dropping 12.1% (-$5.46) over that span.

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

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