Journal Communications Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Journal Communications (NYSE:JRN) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, May 2nd. Journal Communications, Inc. is a diversified media and communications company. The Company has operations in publishing, radio and television broadcasting, telecommunications, and printing services. Journal publishes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as various community newspapers and shoppers in several states.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Journal Communications Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.10 per share on revenues of $94.90 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 10.35.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.13 to a profit $0.15. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $0.56, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Journal Communications has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 544.93 365.53 376.76 356.79 400.04
Diluted EPS ($) -4.36 0.05 0.59 0.37 0.61

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 95.05 82.27 95.51 97.76 124.51
Diluted EPS ($) 0.1626 0.05 0.13 0.14 0.3019

Past Performance:
Journal Communications has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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