Liberty Media Corp (Interactive) First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Liberty Media Corp (Interactive) (NASDAQ:LINTA) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Liberty Media is engaged in the video and on-line commerce, media, communications, and entertainment industries.

Liberty Media Corp (Interactive) Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 16 cents per share, a rise of more than twofold 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 19 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 16 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 4% versus last year to 97 cents.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company reported profit of 48 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of. The company has beaten estimates for the past three quarters.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 6.9% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.31 billion.

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

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit fell 28.4% to $285 million (59 cents a share) from $398 million (65 cents a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue rose 6.7% to $3.08 billion from $2.89 billion.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is looking to build on four-straight revenue increases heading into this earnings announcement. Revenue rose 6.6% in the first quarter of the last fiscal year, 9.4% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year and 8.4% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year before increasing again in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between February 6, 2012 and May 2, 2012, the stock price rose 95 cents (5.2%), from $18.17 to $19.12. It saw one of its worst periods between June 2, 2011 and June 20, 2011 when shares fell for 13 straight days, dropping 14.3% (-$2.58) over that span. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 8, 2011, when shares rose for 10 straight days, increasing 11.1% (+$1.77) over that span.

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

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