Ultimate Software Group Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Ultimate Software Group (NASDAQ:ULTI) will report earnings after markets close on Tuesday, April 30th. The Ultimate Software Group, Inc. designs, markets, implements, and supports Web-based and client/server cross-industry human resource management (HRMS) and payroll software solutions. The Company’s solutions are marketed primarily to middle-market organizations. Ultimate’s products automate HRMS/payroll functions and are enabling tools in the management of the employee life cycle.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Ultimate Software Group Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.26 per share on revenues of $97.92 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 178.19.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a neutral outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings is a profit of $0.32 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $1.37, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Ultimate Software Group has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 178.57 196.28 227.81 269.20 332.27
Diluted EPS ($) -0.12 -0.05 0.08 0.15 0.52

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 72.74 78.28 79.18 82.63 92.18
Diluted EPS ($) 0.0709 0.04 0.09 0.16 0.2205

Past Performance:
Ultimate Software Group has beat analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)