Marriott International Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Marriott International Inc. (NYSE:MAR) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels and related lodging facilities throughout the world.

Marriott International Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 47 cents per share, a rise of 20.5% 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 48 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 47 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 20.9% versus last year to $1.39.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company topped estimates by 0 cents, coming in at profit of 29 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 27 cents. The company fell in line with estimates in the second quarter.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $3.77 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 3.6% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $12.42 billion for the year, a rise of 6.2% from last year’s revenue of $11.69 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are high on the stock, with 11 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and six rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, the company swung to a loss of $179 million (52 cents a share) from a profit of $83 million (22 cents) a year earlier, but beat analyst expectations. Revenue rose 8.5% to $2.87 billion from $2.65 billion.

Key Stats:

For four quarters in a row, revenue has increased. Revenue rose 19.6% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 5.6% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 7.8% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Marriott International reported a loss in the last quarter, which followed three quarters of profit. The company reported a profit of $135 million in the second quarter, a profit of $101 million in the first and a profit of $173 million in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between December 12, 2011 and February 9, 2012, the stock price had risen $6.39 (21.5%), from $29.66 to $36.05. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 30, 2011 and January 12, 2012, when shares rose for nine straight days, increasing 16% (+$4.68) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight days, dropping 13.2% (-$4.61) over that span.

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

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