Time Warner Cable Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Time Warner Cable, Inc. (NYSE:TWC) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, April 26, 2012. Time Warner Cable, together with its subsidiaries, is a cable operator in the United States.

Time Warner Cable, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.22 per share, a rise of 20.8% 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 moved up. It has dropped from $1.24 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 19.4% versus last year to $5.59.

Last quarter, the company came in at profit of $1.39 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $1.21 per share, beating estimates after missing them in the previous quarter. In the third quarter of the last fiscal year, it missed forecasts by 3 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 6.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $5.13 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are high on the stock, with 14 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and six rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit rose 43.9% to $564 million ($1.73 a share) from $392 million ($1.09 a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 4% to $4.99 billion from $4.8 billion.

Key Stats:

This results announcement is a chance to extend a streak of consecutive quarters of gains on the top line. Revenue rose 5% in the first quarter of the last fiscal year, 4.4% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year and 3.7% in the third quarter before rising again in the fourth quarter.

Stock Price Performance: Between January 25, 2012 and April 20, 2012, the stock price rose $13.27 (19.3%), from $68.62 to $81.89. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 6, 2012 and January 23, 2012, when shares rose for 11 straight days, increasing 8.1% (+$5.16) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight days, dropping 14.8% (-$11.42) over that span.

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

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