Inside Amerco’s Upcoming Second Quarter Earnings Release

Amerco (NASDAQ:UHAL) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. Amerco is North America’s do-it-yourself moving and storage operator through its subsidiary U-Haul.

Amerco Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $4.53 per share, a rise of 7.3% 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 $4.46. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at $4.53 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $9.62 per share, a rise of 9.3% 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 17 cents, reporting profit of $3.86 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $3.69 per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 2.7% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $654 million.

A Look Back: In the first quarter, profit rose 17.6% to $78.2 million ($3.56 a share) from $66.5 million ($3.26 a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 9.7% to $643 million from $585.9 million.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 10% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year earlier, climbed 14.3% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 11.9% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: Avis Budget Group Inc. (NYSE:CAR), Zipcar Inc (NASDAQ:ZIP), Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE:R), Express-1 Expedited Solutions Inc. (AMEX:XPO), Hertz Global Hldgs., Inc. (NYSE:HTZ), Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ:LSTR) and Patriot Transportation Holding, Inc. (NASDAQ:PATR).

Stock Price Performance: During September 29, 2011 to October 27, 2011, the stock price had risen $16.93 (26.6%) from $63.63 to $80.56. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 3, 2011 and June 9, 2011 when shares rose for five-straight days, rising 10.7% (+$9) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between September 15, 2011 and September 22, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 12.3% (-$8.49) over that span. Shares are down $15.48 (-16.1%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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