O’Reilly Automotive Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ:ORLY) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 8, 2012. O’Reilly Automotive offers automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, and accessories to individual customers and professional installers.

O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 85 cents per share, a rise of 23.2% 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 was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 22.6% versus last year to $3.74.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company topped estimates by 0 cents, coming in at profit of $1.10 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $1. The company fell in line with estimates in the second quarter.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 7.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.41 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 14 analysts rating it as a buy, one rating it as a sell and six rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 27.4% to $148.4 million ($1.10 a share) from $116.5 million (82 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 7.7% to $1.54 billion from $1.43 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 34.3% in the second quarter and 5.1% in the first quarter.

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 7.1% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 8% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 11.6% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: During November 4, 2011 to February 2, 2012, the stock price had risen $4.64 (6%) from $76.90 to $81.54. It saw one of its worst periods between April 5, 2011 and April 13, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 4.9% (-$2.85) over that span. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 16, 2011 and March 25, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 5.5% (+$3.05) over that span.

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

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