Walt Disney Earnings: What Investors Should Watch

Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) will report earnings after markets close on Tuesday, May 7th. The Walt Disney Company, an entertainment company, conducts operations in media networks, studio entertainment, theme parks and resorts, consumer products, and Internet and direct marketing. The Company produces motion pictures, television programs, and musical recordings, as well as publishes books and magazines. Disney also operates ABC radio and television and theme parks.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Walt Disney Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.76 per share on revenues of $10.50 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 20.39.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $1.06 to a profit $1.07. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $3.45, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

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Earnings Trends:

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

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 37,840 36,150 38,060 40,890 42,280
Diluted EPS ($) 2.28 1.76 2.03 2.52 3.13

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 ($) in millions 10,780 9,629 11,090 10,780 11,340
Diluted EPS ($) 0.80 0.63 1.01 0.6843 0.77

Past Performance:
Walt Disney 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)