FactSet Research Systems Inc. Second Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

FactSet Research Systems, Inc. will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. FactSet Research Systems is a provider of integrated global financial and economic information, including fundamental financial data on tens of thousands of companies worldwide.

FactSet Research Systems, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for net income of $1.01 per share, a rise of 18.8% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from $1.02. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at $1.01 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 17.5% compared to last year’s $4.09.

Past Earnings Performance: The company topped estimates last quarter after missing forecasts the quarter prior. In the first quarter, it reported profit of $1.02 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $1 per share. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, it missed forecasts by 7 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 11.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $198.3 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about FactSet Research Systems with five of seven analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the first quarter, profit rose 9.5% to $45.5 million (99 cents a share) from $41.6 million (88 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 13.4% to $196.4 million from $173.3 million.

Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 13.7%, with the biggest boost coming in the third quarter of the last fiscal year when revenue rose 14.6% from the year earlier quarter.

For three consecutive quarters, the comapny has seen net income rise. Net income rose 4% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year and 12% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between December 8, 2011 and March 7, 2012, the stock price fell $6.44 (-6.9%), from $92.93 to $86.49. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 22, 2011 and April 4, 2011, when shares rose for 10 straight days, increasing 5.8% (+$5.77) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 6, 2011 and July 18, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight days, dropping 8.8% (-$8.97) over that span.

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

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