Nielsen Holdings First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Nielsen Holdings (NYSE:NLSN) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

Nielsen Holdings Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for profit of 26 cents per share, a rise of 44.4% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 29 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 26 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $1.69 per share, a rise of 5.6% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company’s quarterly results have come in above estimates for the last three quarters. Last quarter, the company booked profit of 50 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 48 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $1.35 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 3.8% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $5.77 billion for the year, a rise of 4.3% from last year’s revenue of $5.53 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are high on the stock, with eight analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and five rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit rose 3066.7% to $95 million (27 cents a share) from $3 million (one cent a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 3.6% to $1.42 billion from $1.37 billion.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is looking to build on four-straight revenue increases heading into this earnings announcement. Revenue rose 8.9% in the first quarter of the last fiscal year, 9.9% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year and 9.6% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year before increasing again in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between March 21, 2012 and April 19, 2012, the stock price dropped $1.79 (-5.9%), from $30.50 to $28.71. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 9, 2012 and March 16, 2012, when shares rose for six straight days, increasing 3.1% (+91 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between April 3, 2012 and April 10, 2012 when shares fell for five straight days, dropping 3.7% (-$1.11) over that span.

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

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