ValueClick Inc. Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

ValueClick, Inc. (NASDAQ:VCLK) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. ValueClick offers a suite of products and services that enable marketers to advertise and sell their products through online marketing channels such as display advertising, lead generation marketing, email marketing, and search marketing.

ValueClick, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 21 cents per share, a rise of 31.2% 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 22 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 21 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of 91 cents per share, a decline of 7.1% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by one cent, coming in at profit of 21 cents a share versus the estimate of net income of 20 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $137.4 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 28.7% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $560.1 million for the year, a rise of 30% from last year’s revenue of $430.8 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about ValueClick with eight of 15 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 41% to $17 million (21 cents a share) from $12 million (15 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 25.6% to $125.1 million from $99.6 million.

Key Stats:

Revenue has gone up for three straight quarters. It rose 21.8% in the first quarter from the year earlier and more than fourfold in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

The increase in profit in the second quarter came after net income fell in the previous quarter. In the first quarter, net income fell 20.6%.

Competitors to Watch: Inuvo, Inc. (AMEX:INUV), Harte-Hanks, Inc. (NYSE:HHS), interCLICK Inc (NASDAQ:ICLK), National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:NCMI), SuperMedia Inc (NASDAQ:SPMD), Lamar Advertising Company (NASDAQ:LAMR), Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (NYSE:IPG), and Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC).

Stock Price Performance: During August 31, 2011 to October 27, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.43 (15.9%) from $15.30 to $17.73. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 19, 2011 and April 29, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 10.6% (+$1.61) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between January 11, 2011 and January 21, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 10.9% (-$1.76) over that span. Shares are up $1.70 (+10.6%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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