Hyatt Hotels Corp Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 16, 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 13 cents per share, a rise of 85.7% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 96.9% compared to last year’s 63 cents.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 9 cents, reporting profit of 16 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 7 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 8.9% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Of the 14 analysts surveyed, eight (57.1%) rate Hyatt Hotels a buy. This falls under the mean analyst rating of 10 competitors, which average 65% buy ratings. Over the last three months, the stock’s average rating has increased from hold to moderate buy.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 53.3% to $14 million (8 cents a share) from $30 million (17 cents a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue rose 2% to $897 million from $879 million.

Key Stats:

For four quarters in a row, revenue has increased. Revenue rose 5.3% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 4% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 3.3% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between December 13, 2011 and February 10, 2012, the stock price had risen $8.37 (24.2%), from $34.64 to $43.01. 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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