Inside Total System Services’ Upcoming Quarterly Earnings Release

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Total System Services (NYSE:TSS) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Total System Services is a payment solutions provider company. The company offers electronic payment processing, merchant services and related services to financial and non-financial institutions globally.

Total System Services Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 29 cents per share, a rise of 16% 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 28 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 29 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 23.3% versus last year to $1.11.

Past Earnings Performance: The company topped forecasts last quarter after being in line with estimates the quarter prior. In the second quarter, it reported profit of 28 cents per share versus a mean estimate of 27 cents. Two quarters ago, it reported net income of 25 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $456.3 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 5.3% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.8 billion for the year, a rise of 4.7% from last year’s revenue of $1.72 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on Total System Services as seven analysts rate it as a buy, two rate it as a sell and nine rate it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 8.1% to $53.7 million (28 cents a share) from $49.7 million (25 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 3.2% to $447.6 million from $433.7 million.

Key Stats:

The increase in profit in the second quarter broke a streak of three consecutive quarters of year-over-year profit decreases. Net income dropped 4.9% in the first quarter, 21.7% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year and 16.9% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 3.4% in the first quarter from the year earlier, climbed 1.2% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 0.2% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE:FIS), MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE:MA), Cass Information Systems (NASDAQ:CASS), NetSpend Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:NTSP), Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ:FISV), MoneyGram Intl., Inc. (NYSE:MGI), ACI Worldwide Inc (NASDAQ:ACIW), Banks.com Inc (AMEX:BNX), and Intl. Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM).

Stock Price Performance: During August 23, 2011 to October 19, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.10 (6.3%) from $17.34 to $18.44. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 6, 2011 and October 14, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 6.6% (+$1.17) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 22, 2010 and November 30, 2010 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 3.6% (-55 cents) over that span. Shares are up $3.24 (+21.3%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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