Motorola Inc. Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MSI) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, October 27, 2011. Motorola Solutions provides technologies, products, and services, including wireless handsets, digital entertainment devices, wireless accessories, set-top boxes, and video distribution systems.

Motorola, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 54 cents per share, a decline of 35.7% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 51 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 54 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 133.3% versus last year to $2.24.

Past Earnings Performance: The company is looking to top estimates for the third straight quarter. Last quarter, it reported net income of 57 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 44 cents, and the quarter before, the company exceeded forecasts by 19 cents with net income of 46 cents versus a mean estimate of profit of 27 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $2.1 billion in revenue this quarter, a decline of 63.5% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $8.35 billion for the year, a decline of 56.7% from last year’s revenue of $19.28 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Motorola with 10 of 19 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose more than threefold to $349 million ($1 a share) from $109 million (35 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue fell 58% to $2.06 billion from $4.89 billion.

Competitors to Watch: Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Siemens AG (NYSE:SI), Motorola Mobility Hldgs. Inc (NYSE:MMI), Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCM), Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), EMS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ELMG), Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP), Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Sprint (NYSE:S), Verizon (NYSE:VZ).

Stock Price Performance: During August 29, 2011 to October 25, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.35 (10.6%) from $40.92 to $45.27. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 15, 2011 and March 24, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 9.8% (+$3.93) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between February 7, 2011 and February 16, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 4.1% (-$1.63) over that span. Shares are up $8.32 (+22.5%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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