Monster Worldwide Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, January 26, 2012. Monster Worldwide provides global online employment solutions and services in at least 50 countries around the world.

Monster Worldwide, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 12 cents per share, a rise of twofold 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 17 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 12 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of 39 cents per share, a swing from a loss of 8 cents last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company’s quarterly results have come in above estimates for the last three quarters. Last quarter, the company booked net income of 13 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 11 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $258.9 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 0.2% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.06 billion for the year, a rise of 15.3% from last year’s revenue of $919.2 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on Monster Worldwide as six analysts rate it as a buy, one rates it as a sell and five rate it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, the company swung to a profit of $31.8 million (26 cents a share) from a loss of $5.7 million (5 cents) a year earlier, beating analyst estimates. Revenue rose 13.2% to $259 million from $228.8 million.

Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 19.9%, with the biggest boost coming in the second quarter when revenue rose 25.5% from the year earlier quarter.

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Stock Price Performance: During November 21, 2011 to January 20, 2012, the stock price had risen $1.50 (20%) from $7.50 to $9. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 31, 2011 and April 8, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 7.6% (+$1.21) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 11, 2011 and November 25, 2011 when shares fell for 10-straight days, falling 26% (-$2.31) over that span.

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

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