Nielsen Hldg NV Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Nielsen Hldg NV (NYSE:NLSN) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, October 22, 2012.

Nielsen Hldg NV Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for profit of 50 cents per share, a rise of 6.4% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 49 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 50 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 9.4% compared to last year’s $1.75.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by one cent, coming in at net income of 41 cents a share versus the estimate of profit of 40 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

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A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 50.7% to $104 million (28 cents a share) from $69 million (19 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue fell 0.8% to $1.39 billion from $1.4 billion.

Stock Price Performance: Between July 23, 2012 and October 16, 2012, the stock price rose $5.94 (23.1%), from $25.66 to $31.60. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between July 24, 2012 and August 3, 2012, when shares rose for nine straight days, increasing 16.6% (+$4.16) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between August 17, 2012 and August 23, 2012 when shares fell for five straight days, dropping 2.7% (-77 cents) over that span.

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 2.1% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.44 billion.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is looking to get back on the right track after last quarter’s drop snapped a string of revenue increases. Revenue rose 9.6% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year, 3.6% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year and 2.9%in the first quarter before dropping in the second quarter.

Analyst Ratings: With eight analysts rating the stock a buy, none rating it a sell and five rating the stock a hold, there are indications of a bullish stance by analysts.

Balance Sheet Analysis: The company’s current ratio of assets to liabilities came in at 1.01 last quarter. The current ratio is an indication of a firm’s liquidity and ability to meet creditor demands and generally, for every dollar the company owes in the short term, it has that figure available in assets that can be converted to cash in the short term.

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

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