Robert Half International Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Robert Half International, Inc. (NYSE:RHI) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, January 26, 2012. Robert Half International offers specialized staffing and risk consulting services in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Robert Half International, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 31 cents per share, a rise of 82.4% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 29 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 31 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $1.05 per share, a rise of more than twofold from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 3 cents, reporting net income of 31 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 28 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $986.5 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 15.8% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $3.79 billion for the year, a rise of 19.2% from last year’s revenue of $3.18 billion.

Analyst Ratings: 10 out of 14 analysts surveyed (71.4%) have a buy rating on Robert Half International.. This is below the mean analyst rating of 10 competitors, which average 71.8% buy ratings.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose more than twofold to $44.2 million (31 cents a share) from $20.6 million (14 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 20.5% to $984.7 million from $817.3 million.

Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 19.4%, with the biggest boost coming in the second quarter when revenue rose 22% from the year earlier quarter.

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose more than twofold in the second quarter and more than threefold in the first quarter.

Competitors to Watch: Kelly Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:KELYA), ManpowerGroup (NYSE:MAN), Kforce Inc. (NASDAQ:KFRC), SFN Group Inc (NYSE:SFN), Barrett Business Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBSI), Volt Information Sciences, Inc. (NYSE:VOL), TrueBlue, Inc. (NYSE:TBI), and CDI Corp. (NYSE:CDI).

Stock Price Performance: During November 21, 2011 to January 20, 2012, the stock price had risen $5.16 (20.7%) from $24.92 to $30.08. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 3, 2011 and October 10, 2011 when shares rose for six-straight days, rising 16% (+$3.29) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 29, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 19% (-$5.15) over that span.

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

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