R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (NASDAQ:RRD) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 22, 2012. R.R. Donnelley & Sons provides communications and consultative business services to private and public sectors worldwide.

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 44 cents per share, a decline of 13.7% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 49 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has since dropped over the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 3.4% compared to last year’s $1.82.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company met expectations by reporting net income of 51 cents per share last quarter. In the previous second quarter, the company beat estimates by one cent.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 2.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.78 billion.

Analyst Ratings: The limited number of analysts covering the stock seem bullish with two analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and one rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose more than twofold to $158 million (83 cents a share) from $53.3 million (25 cents a share) the year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue rose 7.8% to $2.68 billion from $2.49 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has increased in each of the past four quarters. Revenue rose 8.9% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 7% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 4.8% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: From January 19, 2012 to February 16, 2012, the stock price rose $1.66 (14.2%), from $11.69 to $13.35. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 22, 2011 and April 6, 2011, when shares rose for 12 straight days, increasing 9.1% (+$1.54) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 11, 2011 and November 25, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight days, dropping 15.9% (-$2.50) over that span.

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

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