ULTA Quarterly Earnings Release on Deck

Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULTA) will unveil its latest earnings tomorrow, December 1, 2011. Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrances is a beauty retailer that provides one-stop shopping for salon products and salon services in the United States.

Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 38 cents per share, a rise of 65.2% 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 34 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 38 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $1.74 per share, a rise of 50% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 6 cents, coming in at profit of 38 cents a share versus the estimate of net income of 32 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 19.7% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $406.1 million.

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

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 83% to $23.9 million (38 cents a share) from $13.1 million (22 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 22.6% to $394.6 million from $321.8 million.

Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 20.5%, with the biggest boost coming in the most recent quarter when revenue rose 22.6% from the year earlier quarter.

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 70.5% in the first quarter and 48.8% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: Sally Beauty Hldgs., Inc. (NYSE:SBH), Perfumania Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:PERF), Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE:AVP), Alberto-Culver Company (NYSE:ACV), Revlon, Inc. (NYSE:REV), Elizabeth Arden, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDEN), Inter Parfums, Inc. (NASDAQ:IPAR), Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS), The Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG), Parlux Fragrances, Inc. (NASDAQ:PARL), Physicians Formula Hldgs., Inc. (NASDAQ:FACE), Estee Lauder (NYSE:EL) and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ).

Stock Price Performance: During August 31, 2011 to November 30, 2011, the stock price had risen $10.90 (18.4%) from $59.08 to $69.98. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 2, 2011 and February 14, 2011 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 16.5% (+$6.08) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between August 12, 2011 and August 22, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 17.7% (-$10.50) over that span. Shares are up $35.98 (+105.82%) year to date.

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

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