Mattel Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Mattel designs and manufactures a variety of toys and games for customers and consumers worldwide.

Mattel, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.01 per share, a rise of 13.5% 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 was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 15.1% versus last year to $2.14.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company met expectations by reporting profit of 86 cents per share last quarter. In the previous second quarter, the company beat estimates by 7 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 5.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.23 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 10 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and two rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 6.2% to $300.8 million (86 cents a share) from $283.3 million (77 cents a share) the year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue rose 9% to $2 billion from $1.83 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 14.1% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 8.2% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 8.7% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

The company has now been profitable for the last eight quarters, and for the last four, profit has risen year over year by an average of 7.1%. The quarter with the biggest boost was the second quarter, which saw a 56.1% surge.

Competitors to Watch: JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAKK), Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS), Kid Brands Inc (NYSE:KID), LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:LF), and Casdon plc (AMEX:CDY).

Stock Price Performance: During November 25, 2011 to January 25, 2012, the stock price had risen $2.21 (8.1%) from $27.32 to $29.53. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 28, 2011 and February 9, 2011 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 9.3% (+$2.12) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between September 16, 2011 and September 23, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 5.4% (-$1.45) over that span.

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

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