Las Vegas Sands Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. Las Vegas Sands develops integrated resorts worldwide. It owns and operates The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino, and an expo and convention center.

Las Vegas Sands Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for net income of 59 cents per share, a rise of 3.5% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 61 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from 58 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $2.22 per share, a rise of 9.9% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company is hoping to beat estimates after missing the mark for two straight quarters. Last quarter, it reported net income of 46 cents per share against an estimate of profit of 60 cents per share. The quarter before that, it missed forecasts by 15 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 18.5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $3.01 billion.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 17.7% to $349.8 million (42 cents a share) from $424.9 million (44 cents a share) the year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Revenue rose 12.5% to $2.71 billion from $2.41 billion.

Analyst Ratings: With 17 analysts rating the stock a buy, none rating it a sell and three rating the stock a hold, there are indications of a bullish stance by analysts.

Key Stats:

The company enters this earnings announcement with substantial revenue momentum. The company has averaged year-over-year revenue growth of 19.9% over the last four quarters.

The company is trying to use this earnings announcement to rebound from income declines in the past two quarters. Net income dropped 41.4% in the second quarter and then again in the third quarter.

Balance Sheet Analysis: The company’s current ratio of assets to liabilities came in at 2.22 last quarter. Having a ratio above 2:1 is usually considered a good indicator of a company’s liquidity and ability to meet creditor demands.

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