Acxiom First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Acxiom Corporation (NASDAQ:ACXM) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, July 30, 2012. Acxiom provides marketing technology and services that enable marketers to successfully manage audiences, personalize consumer experiences, and create profitable customer relationships.

Acxiom Corporation Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for profit of 10 cents per share, a decline of 23.1% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 12 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 10 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 19.7% versus last year to 61 cents.

Past Earnings Performance: The company’s quarterly results have come in above estimates for the last three quarters. Last quarter, the company booked net income of 21 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 19 cents per share.

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A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company swung to a profit of $46.1 million (57 cents a share) from a loss of $67.1 million (81 cents) a year earlier, beating analyst estimates. Revenue fell 3.9% to $287.3 million from $298.8 million.

Stock Price Performance: From June 25, 2012 to July 24, 2012, the stock price rose $1.82 (13.2%), from $13.82 to $15.64. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 13, 2012 and June 20, 2012, when shares rose for six straight days, increasing 7.3% (+95 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between March 30, 2012 and April 10, 2012 when shares fell for seven straight days, dropping 6.3% (-93 cents) over that span.

Balance Sheet Analysis: The company’s current ratio of assets to liabilities came in at 1.78 last quarter. The current ratio is an indication of a firm’s liquidity and ability to meet creditor demands and generally, for every dollar the company owes in the short term, it has that figure available in assets that can be converted to cash in the short term. The company improved this liquidity measure from 1.71 in the third quarter of the last fiscal year to the last quarter driven in part by an increase in current assets. Current assets increased 15.5% to $472 million while liabilities rose by 11.1% to $265.6 million.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is hoping to use this earnings announcement to snap a string of two-straight quarters of revenue declines. Revenue fell 6.1% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year and dropped again in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year of the last fiscal year.

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a decline of 2.4% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $269.4 million.

Analyst Ratings: With three analysts rating the stock a buy, none rating it a sell and two rating the stock a hold, there are indications of a bullish stance by analysts.

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

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