Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (USA) Second Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (NYSE:USA) (NYSE:LGF) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, November 9, 2011. Lions Gate Entertainment is engaged in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand, and digitally delivered content.

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (NYSE:USA) Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net loss of 36 cents per share, a wider loss from the year earlier quarter net loss of 11 cents. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 14 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from a loss of 22 cents during the last month.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last two quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped the forecasts by 15 cents, reporting profit of 9 cents per share against a mean estimate of a loss of 6 cents. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company exceeded forecasts by 9 cents with net income of 26 cents versus a mean estimate of profit of 17 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a decline of 7.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $421.4 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (USA with five of eight analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the first quarter, the company swung to a profit of $12.2 million (9 cents a share) from a loss of $64.1 million (54 cents) a year earlier, beating analyst estimates. Revenue fell 20% to $261.3 million from $326.6 million.

Key Stats:

Revenue has fallen in the past two quarters. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the figure fell 12.5%.

Competitors to Watch: DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (NASDAQ:DWA), The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), Rentrak Corporation (NASDAQ:RENT), Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX), Seven Arts Pictures PLC (NASDAQ:SAPX), CKX Inc. (NASDAQ:CKXE), News Corporation (NASDAQ:NWSA), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), and Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE).

Stock Price Performance: During August 10, 2011 to November 3, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.91 (28.3%) from $6.74 to $8.65. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 8, 2011 and August 15, 2011 when shares rose for six-straight days, rising 12.6% (+80 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between January 14, 2011 and January 25, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 8.8% (-59 cents) over that span. Shares are up $2.14 (+32.9%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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