Netscout Systems Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Continue?

Netscout Systems (NASDAQ:NTCT) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, July 18th. NetScout Systems, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and supports a family of products that enable businesses and service providers to manage the performance of computer networks and business software applications. The Company’s Application Flow Management solution consists of data collection devices and analysis and presentation software.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Netscout Systems Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.17 per share on revenues of $80.12 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 25.81.

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 $0.33 to a profit $0.28. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $1.44, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

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

Fiscal Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 268 260 291 309 351
Diluted EPS ($) 0.49 0.67 0.87 0.76 0.96

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

Quarter Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012 Mar. 31, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 76.36 84.54 91.57 98.08
Diluted EPS ($) 0.12 0.23 0.26 0.34

Past Performance:
Netscout 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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