Lions Gate Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (NYSE:USA) (NYSE:LGF) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. 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 income of 19 cents per share, a decline of 26.9% 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 5 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from 15 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit of 10 cents per share versus a loss of 38 cents last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company missed estimates by 10 cents, coming in at net loss of one cent per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 9 cents per share. In the second quarter, the company beat estimates by 9 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 64.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $618.8 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are high on the stock, with six analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and two rating it as a hold. Over the last three months, the stock’s average rating has increased from hold to moderate buy.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, the company’s loss narrowed to a loss of $1.7 million (one cent a share) from a loss of $6 million (4 cents) a year earlier, but missed analyst expectations. Revenue fell 23.6% to $323 million from $422.9 million.

Key Stats:

Revenue has fallen in the past four quarters. Revenue declined 21.5% in the second quarter from the year earlier, dropped 20% in first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 12.5% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between May 18, 2012 and May 24, 2012, the stock price rose 73 cents (6%), from $12.22 to $12.95. 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, increasing 12.6% (+80 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between April 18, 2012 and April 24, 2012 when shares fell for five straight days, dropping 5.6% (-68 cents) over that span.

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

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