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

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (NASDAQ:RRD) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. 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 net income of 51 cents per share, a rise of 15.9% 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 56 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 51 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 8.5% versus last year to $1.91.

Last quarter, the company came in at profit of 53 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 52 cents per share, beating estimates after missing them in the previous quarter. In the first quarter, it missed forecasts by 3 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $2.67 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 7.2% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $10.58 billion for the year, a rise of 5.6% from last year’s revenue of $10.02 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company as two analysts rate it as a buy, none rate it as a sell and two rate it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit fell 86.3% to $12.2 million (6 cents a share) from $88.8 million (42 cents a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue rose 8.9% to $2.62 billion from $2.41 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 7% in the first quarter from the year earlier, climbed 4.8% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 1% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

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Stock Price Performance: During September 29, 2011 to October 27, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.69 (11.5%) from $14.64 to $16.33. 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, rising 9.2% (+$1.60) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 4, 2010 and November 16, 2010 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 12.4% (-$2.17) over that span. Shares are down 41 cents (-2.4%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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