World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, November 3, 2011. World Wrestling Entertainment is engaged in the development, production and marketing of television and pay-per-view event programming and live events, and the licensing and sale of consumer products featuring its World Wrestling Entertainment brands.

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 15 cents per share, a rise of 7.1% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of 62 cents per share, a decline of 12.7% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company missed estimates last quarter after beating forecasts in the prior two. In the second quarter, the company reported profit of 21 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 25 cents per share. In the first quarter, the company beat estimates by one cent.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a decline of 2.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $106.7 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about World Wrestling Entertainment with five of six analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose more than twofold to $14.3 million (19 cents a share) from $6.3 million (8 cents a share) the year earlier, but fell short analyst expectations. Revenue rose 33.4% to $142.6 million from $106.8 million.

Key Stats:

The increase in profit in the second quarter broke a streak of two consecutive quarters of year-over-year profit decreases. The figure dropped 65.2% in the first quarter and 27.2% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Revenue rose in the second quarter after seeing a drop the quarter before. In the first quarter, revenue fell 13.6%.

Competitors to Watch: CKX Inc. (NASDAQ:CKXE), CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS), Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX), Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (NYSE:LGF), News Corporation (NASDAQ:NWSA), Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:LYV), DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (NASDAQ:DWA), Madison Square Garden, Inc. (NASDAQ:MSG) and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ:CIDM).

Stock Price Performance: During September 30, 2011 to October 28, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.49 (16.7%) from $8.91 to $10.40. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 18, 2011 and March 28, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 6.1% (+71 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between April 7, 2011 and April 15, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 12% (-$1.49) over that span. Shares are down $3.10 (-23%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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