The Western Union Company Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Western Union is engaged in global money transfer and payment services.

The Western Union Company Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 41 cents per share, a rise of 7.9% 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 39 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has risen during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $1.58 per share, a rise of 11.3% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company met estimates last quarter after beating the forecasts in the prior two. In the third quarter, the company reported net income of 40 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 40 cents per share. In the second quarter, the company beat estimates by 5 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 5.9% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.44 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 17 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and eight rating it as a hold.

 A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 0.5% to $239.7 million (38 cents a share) from $238.4 million (36 cents a share) the year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue rose 6.1% to $1.41 billion from $1.33 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 19.1% in the second quarter and 1.1% in the first quarter.

Western Union’s revenue has risen for two straight quarters. In the second quarter, the figure rose 7.3%.

Stock Price Performance: During December 2, 2011 to February 1, 2012, the stock price had risen $1.73 (9.9%) from $17.47 to $19.20. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 16, 2011 and March 28, 2011 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 7% (+$1.40) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between September 15, 2011 and September 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 8% (-$1.30) over that span.

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

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