THQ Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

THQ, Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. THQ is a worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for all popular game systems.

THQ, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for a loss of 43 cents per share, up from net income of 12 cents in the year-earlier quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from a loss of 46 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has risen during the last month.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company fell short of estimates by 15 cents, coming in at profit of 33 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 76 cents. The company topped expectations in the second quarter.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a decline of 36.7% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $157.4 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about THQ with eight of nine analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, the company’s loss widened to a loss of a $55.9 million (82 cents a share) from a loss of $14.9 million (22 cents) a year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Revenue fell 2.9% to $305.4 million from $314.6 million.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is looking to get back on the right track after last quarter’s drop snapped a string of revenue increases. Revenue rose 89.5% in the second quarter and 30.6% in the first quarter before falling in the third quarter.

Stock Price Performance: From April 11, 2012 to May 9, 2012, the stock price rose 16 cents (32.7%), from 49 cents to 65 cents. It saw one of its worst periods between November 11, 2011 and November 21, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight days, dropping 20.4% (-49 cents) over that span. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 12, 2011 and October 19, 2011, when shares rose for six straight days, increasing 15.5% (+25 cents) over that span.

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

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