Vmware Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Continue?

Vmware (NYSE:VMW) will report earnings after markets close on Tuesday, July 23rd. VMware, Inc. provides virtualization solutions from the desktop to the data center. The Company’s solution products addresses a range of IT problems, which includes cost and operational inefficiencies, business continuity, software lifecycle management and desktop management.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Vmware Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.77 per share on revenues of $1.23 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 42.87.

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 $0.81 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $3.28, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Vmware has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1,881 2,024 2,857 3,767 4,605
Diluted EPS ($) 0.73 0.49 0.84 1.68 1.72

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

Quarter Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012 Mar. 31, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 1,123.03 1,133.68 1,293.16 1,191.47
Diluted EPS ($) 0.44 0.36 0.47 0.40

Past Performance:
Vmware has beat analyst estimates 4 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)