Mercury Computer Systems Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Continue?

Mercury Computer Systems (NASDAQ:MRCY) will report earnings after markets close on Tuesday, April 30th. Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets real-time digital signal processing computer systems. The Company’s systems transform sensor generated data into information which can be displayed as images for human interpretation or subjected to additional computer analysis. Products are marketed to the defense electronics and medical diagnostic imaging businesses.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Mercury Computer Systems Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $-0.05 per share on revenues of $47.83 million.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $0.01 to a loss $0.06. For the current year, the average estimate is a loss of $0.5, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Mercury Computer Systems has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 190.21 188.94 199.83 228.71 244.93
Diluted EPS ($) -1.64 -0.06 1.23 0.70 0.75

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 67.96 66.99 60.86 49.43 49.80
Diluted EPS ($) 0.30 0.17 0.1881 -0.24 -0.16

Past Performance:
Mercury Computer Systems has beat analyst estimates 4 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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