Nielsen Holdings Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Nielsen Holdings (NYSE:NLSN) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, February 6, 2012.

Nielsen Holdings Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 48 cents per share, a rise of more than twofold from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has dropped from 49 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 104% versus last year to $1.53.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 6 cents, coming in at profit of 47 cents per share against an estimate of net income of. The company also topped expectations in the second quarter.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $1.46 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 6.6% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $5.57 billion for the year, a rise of 8.6% from last year’s revenue of $5.13 billion.

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

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit remained level at $102 million (28 cents a share) from the year earlier, beating analyst estimates. Revenue was unchanged at $1.41 billion.

Key Stats:

Over the last four quarters, revenue has increased 2.2% on average year over year. The biggest increase came in the first quarter, when revenue rose 8.9% from the year earlier quarter.

Stock Price Performance: During December 30, 2011 to January 31, 2012, the stock price had dropped 71 cents (-2.4%) from $29.69 to $28.98. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 16, 2011 and December 23, 2011 when shares rose for six-straight days, rising 7.4% (+$2.07) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between December 12, 2011 and December 16, 2011 when shares fell for five-straight days, falling 3.2% (-92 cents) over that span.

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

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