MSCI Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Msci (NYSE:MSCI) will report earnings before markets open on Wednesday, May 1st. MSCI Inc. provides investment decision support tools to investment institutions worldwide. The Company produces indices and risk and return portfolio analytics for use in managing investment portfolios.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Msci Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.54 per share on revenues of $257.81 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 22.45.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.52 to a profit $0.53. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $2.17, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Msci has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 430.96 442.95 662.90 900.94 950.14
Diluted EPS ($) 0.67 0.80 0.81 1.41 1.48

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 ($) in millions 226.13 229.05 238.56 235.44 247.08
Diluted EPS ($) 0.3630 0.35 0.30 0.39 0.4429

Past Performance:
Msci has missed analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a bust if the company misses estimates.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at]