The Walt Disney Company First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Walt Disney is an entertainment company with operations in: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, and consumer products.

The Walt Disney Company Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 71 cents per share, a rise of 4.4% 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 14.6% versus last year to $2.91.

Past Earnings Performance: The company is looking to beat analyst estimates for the third quarter in a row. Last quarter, it beat estimates with net income of 59 cents per share against the mean estimate of 55 cents. In the prior quarter, the company reported profit of 78 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 4.5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $11.2 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Walt Disney Company with 13 of 25 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit remained level at $0.0 (0 cents a share) from the year earlier, beating analyst estimates. Revenue was unchanged at $0.0.

Key Stats:

Over the last four quarters, revenue has increased 5.6% on average year over year. The biggest increase came in the first quarter of the last fiscal year, when revenue rose 10% from the year earlier quarter.

Stock Price Performance: During November 3, 2011 to February 1, 2012, the stock price had risen $4.88 (14.2%) from $34.45 to $39.33. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 25, 2011 and May 2, 2011 when shares rose for six-straight days, rising 3.2% (+$1.32) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 9.3% (-$3.71) over that span.

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

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