IAC/InterActiveCorp. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

IAC/InterActiveCorp. (NASDAQ:IACI) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. IAC operates internet businesses in the United States and a number of jurisdictions abroad.

IAC/InterActiveCorp. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 42 cents per share, a rise of sevenfold from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 37 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from 41 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 900% versus last year to $1.30.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company reported net income of 41 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of. The company has beaten estimates for the past three quarters.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 25.4% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $566.1 million.

Analyst Ratings: seven out of 13 analysts surveyed (53.8%) have a buy rating on IAC/InterActiveCorp.. This is below the mean analyst rating of 10 competitors, which average 67.6% buy ratings. Over the past 90 days, the average rating for the stock has moved up from hold to moderate buy.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose more than threefold to $65 million (69 cents a share) from $17.5 million (16 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 22.6% to $516.9 million from $421.7 million.

Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 19.6%, with the biggest boost coming in the most recent quarter when revenue rose 22.6% from the year earlier quarter.

Competitors to Watch: Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), AOL, Inc. (NYSE:AOL), Answers Corporation (NASDAQ:ANSW), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Demand Media Inc (NYSE:DMD), Baidu.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU), InfoSpace, Inc. (NASDAQ:INSP), The Knot, Inc. (NASDAQ:KNOT), and Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ:SOHU).

Stock Price Performance: During December 27, 2011 to January 26, 2012, the stock price had dropped $1.40 (-3.3%) from $42.88 to $41.48. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 4, 2011 and October 14, 2011 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 12.9% (+$4.77) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 15, 2011 and November 25, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 7% (-$2.92) over that span.

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

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