Under Armour Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE:UA) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, January 26, 2012. Under Armour is a developer, marketer and distributor of branded performance apparel, footwear and accessories for men, women and youth.

Under Armour, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 61 cents per share, a rise of 38.6% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 62 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 61 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 37.3% versus last year to $1.84.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by one cent, coming in at profit of 84 cents a share versus the estimate of net income of 83 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 34.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $404.1 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Under Armour with 12 of 22 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 31.9% to $46 million (88 cents a share) from $34.9 million (68 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 41.7% to $465.5 million from $328.6 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 38.9%, with the biggest boost coming in the second quarter when revenue rose 42.3% from the year earlier quarter.

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 78.2% in the second quarter and 69.3% in the first quarter.

Competitors to Watch: Columbia Sportswear Company (NASDAQ:COLM), Crocs (NASDAQ:CROX), Deckers Outdoor (NASDAQ:DECK), Skechers (NYSE:SKX), K-Swiss (NASDAQ:KSWS), Steven Madden (NASDAQ:SHOO), The Timberland Company (NYSE:TBL), LaCrosse Footwear (NASDAQ:BOOT), Phoenix Footwear (AMEX:PXG), Foot Locker (NYSE:FL), The Finish Line (NASDAQ:FINL) and Nike Inc. (NYSE:NKE).

Stock Price Performance: During January 13, 2012 to January 20, 2012, the stock price had dropped $3.55 (-4.6%) from $77.17 to $73.62. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 30, 2011 and January 12, 2012 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 8.2% (+$5.87) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 19, 2011 and July 27, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 12.6% (-$10.35) over that span.

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

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