Tw telecom Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Tw telecom (NASDAQ:TWTC) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 9, 2012. Tw telecom is a national provider of managed network services. It specializes in Ethernet and data networking, Internet access, local and long distance voice, VPN, VoIP and network security services.

tw telecom Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 11 cents per share, no change 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. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of 38 cents per share, a decline of 7.3% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: For the past four quarters, the company has met expectations. Last quarter, the company reported profit of 10 cents per share to fall in step with the mean estimate.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $349.9 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 7.7% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.37 billion for the year, a rise of 7.9% from last year’s revenue of $1.27 billion.

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

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 9.2% to $14.6 million (10 cents a share) from $16.1 million (10 cents a share) the year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue rose 7.5% to $344.5 million from $320.3 million.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 6.8% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 6.9% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 5.5% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: During November 7, 2011 to February 3, 2012, the stock price had risen $2.32 (12.6%) from $18.48 to $20.80. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 4, 2012 and January 11, 2012 when shares rose for six-straight days, rising 4.2% (+81 cents) 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 9.7% (-$2.03) over that span.

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

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