Inside The Western Union Company’s Upcoming Third Quarter Earnings Release

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Western Union is engaged in global money transfer and payment services.

The Western Union Company Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 39 cents per share, a rise of 5.4% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 40 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 39 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $1.57 per share, a rise of 10.6% 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 5 cents, reporting net income of 42 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 37 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.41 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 16 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and seven rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 19.1% to $263.2 million (41 cents a share) from $221 million (33 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 7.3% to $1.37 billion from $1.27 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 1.1% in the first quarter and 8.4% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Revenue rose in the second quarter after seeing a drop the quarter before. In the first quarter, revenue fell 19%.

Competitors to Watch: MoneyGram Intl., Inc. (NYSE:MGI), Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:EEFT), MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE:MA), Wright Express Corporation (NYSE:WXS), Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. (NYSE:HPY), Global Payments Inc. (NYSE:GPN), Newtek Business Services, Inc (NASDAQ:NEWT), FleetCor Tech., Inc. (NYSE:FLT), Green Dot Corporation (NYSE:GDOT), and M & F Worldwide Corp. (NYSE:MFW).

Stock Price Performance: During July 26, 2011 to October 19, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.65 (-18.1%) from $20.19 to $16.54. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 16, 2011 and March 28, 2011 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 6.9% (+$1.40) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between September 15, 2011 and September 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 8% (-$1.31) over that span. Shares are down $1.80 (-9.8%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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