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Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrances is a beauty retailer that provides one-stop shopping for salon products and salon services in the United States.

Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 68 cents per share, a rise of 38.8% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 64 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 68 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $1.85 per share, a rise of 59.5% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 4 cents, coming in at profit of 42 cents a share versus the estimate of net income of 38 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 22.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $579 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are high on the stock, with six analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and four rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 88.5% to $26.8 million (42 cents a share) from $14.2 million (23 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 21.8% to $413.1 million from $339.2 million.

Key Stats:

Revenue has gone up for three straight quarters. It rose 22.6% in the second quarter from the year earlier and 20.6% in the first quarter.

Stock Price Performance: Between January 4, 2012 and March 2, 2012, the stock price had risen $18.78 (28.3%), from $66.37 to $85.15. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 6, 2012 and January 19, 2012, when shares rose for nine straight days, increasing 11.3% (+$7.87) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between August 12, 2011 and August 22, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight days, dropping 17.7% (-$10.50) over that span.

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

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