US Airways Group Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE:LCC) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. US Airways Group is a holding company that operates a major network air carrier through its wholly owned subsidiaries US Airways, Piedmont, PSA, MSC, and Airways Assurance Limited.

US Airways Group, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for a loss of 19 cents per share, a narrower loss from the year-earlier quarter net loss of 68 cents. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from a loss of 62 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from a loss of 22 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 214.7% versus last year to $2.14.

Past Earnings Performance: The company is looking to top estimates for the third straight quarter. Last quarter, it reported net income of 13 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of one cent, and the quarter before, the company exceeded forecasts by 3 cents with net income of 50 cents versus a mean estimate of profit of 47 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $3.24 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 9.5% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $13.87 billion for the year, a rise of 6.2% from last year’s revenue of $13.06 billion.

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

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit fell 33.3% to $18 million (11 cents a share) from $27 million (16 cents a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue rose 8.5% to $3.15 billion from $2.91 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has gone up in the past four quarters. Revenue rose 8.1% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year from the year earlier, climbed 10.5% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 11.7% in the first quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between January 24, 2012 and April 19, 2012, the stock price rose $3.10 (48.4%), from $6.41 to $9.51. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 23, 2012 and January 30, 2012, when shares rose for six straight days, increasing 36.1% (+$2.26) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 7, 2011 and July 20, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight days, dropping 17.8% (-$1.49) over that span.

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

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