Nielsen Holdings N.V. Earnings: Sees Profit Move Up

Nielsen Holdings N.V. (NYSE:NLSN) reported net income above Wall Street’s expectations for the fourth quarter.

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Nielsen Holdings Earnings Cheat Sheet for the Fourth Quarter

Results: Net income for Nielsen Holdings N.V. rose to $95 million (26 cents per share) vs. $3 million (one cent per share) in the same quarter a year earlier. This marks a substantial increase from the year earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 3.6% to $1.42 billion from the year earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Nielsen Holdings N.V. reported adjusted net income of 51 cents per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean estimate of 48 cents per share. It fell short of the average revenue estimate of $1.46 billion.

Quoting Management: “Nielsen delivered solid fourth quarter results, with double-digit growth in developing markets and steady gains in all other regions,” said David Calhoun, Chief Executive Officer of Nielsen. “We feel great about our first year as a public company and look forward to achieving continued progress in 2012.”

Key Stats:

The company has now topped analyst estimates for the last three quarters. It beat the mark by 6 cents in the third quarter and by 3 cents in the second quarter.

Looking Forward: The outlook for the company’s results in the upcoming quarter is unfavorable. The average estimate for the first quarter of the next fiscal year is 29 cents per share, down from 31 cents ninety days ago. For the fiscal year, the average estimate has moved up from $1.52 a share to $1.53 over the last thirty days.

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

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