LPL Investment Holdings Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

LPL Investment Holdings (NASDAQ:LPLA) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. LPL Investment provides brokerage and investment advisory services through business relationships with financial advisors, registered investment advisors, and financial institutions.

LPL Investment Holdings Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 46 cents per share, a rise of 4.5% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has dropped from 47 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $1.96 per share, a rise of 5.9% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company met estimates last quarter after beating the forecasts in the prior two. In the third quarter, the company reported net income of 44 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 44 cents per share. In the second quarter, the company beat estimates by 0 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $875.2 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 6.7% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $3.52 billion for the year, a rise of 13.2% from last year’s revenue of $3.11 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about LPL Investment Holdings with seven of 10 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 39.3% to $36.4 million (32 cents a share) from $26.1 million (26 cents a share) the year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue rose 16.2% to $882.9 million from $760 million.

Key Stats:

Revenue has gone up for three straight quarters. It rose 13.8% in the second quarter from the year earlier and 17.5% in the first quarter.

Stock Price Performance: During November 3, 2011 to February 1, 2012, the stock price had risen $4.26 (14.4%) from $29.49 to $33.75. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 4, 2012 and January 20, 2012 when shares rose for 12-straight days, rising 13.9% (+$4.24) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 30, 2011 and December 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 3.3% (-99 cents) over that span.

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

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