NCR Corp Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

NCR Corp (NYSE:NCR) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, February 6, 2012. NCR is a global technology company that provides solutions for industries including financial services, retail and hospitality, travel and gaming, healthcare and public sector, entertainment and software and technology services.

NCR Corp Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 57 cents per share, a rise of 3.6% 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 58 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 57 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 19.6% versus last year to $1.83.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last two quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped the forecasts by 5 cents, reporting profit of 53 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 48 cents. In the second quarter, the company exceeded forecasts by 4 cents with profit of 46 cents versus a mean estimate of net income of 42 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $1.58 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 12.1% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $5.39 billion for the year, a rise of 11.8% from last year’s revenue of $4.82 billion.

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

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 80.7% to $16 million (10 cents a share) from $83 million (51 cents a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue rose 16.2% to $1.4 billion from $1.21 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 11.5% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 6.4% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 4.5% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: During December 30, 2011 to January 31, 2012, the stock price had risen $2.27 (13.8%) from $16.46 to $18.73. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and April 26, 2011 when shares rose for six-straight days, rising 4.3% (+80 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 10, 2011 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 7.9% (-$1.54) over that span.

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

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