NorthStar Realty Finance Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

NorthStar Realty Finance (NYSE:NRF) will report earnings before markets open on Friday, May 3rd. NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. is an internally-managed real estate company. The Company makes investments in real estate debt, real estate securities, and net lease properties.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Northstar Realty Finance Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.35 per share on revenues of $153.02 million.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a neutral outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings is a profit of $0.34 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $1.39, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

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Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Northstar Realty Finance has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 364.68 266.08 396.39 482.53 504.68
Diluted EPS ($) 9.65 -2.16 -5.17 -2.94 -2.31

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

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 390.12 117.27 122.17 44.05 382.01
Diluted EPS ($) -0.8606 -0.33 -0.62 -1.11 -0.1980

Past Performance:
Northstar Realty Finance has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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