Lions Gate Entertainment Earnings: What Investors Should Watch

Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE:LGF) will report earnings after markets close on Thursday, May 30th. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. develops, produces, and distributes filmed entertainment content. The Company’s divisions produce motion pictures, television programming, animation, and digital media. Lions Gate distributes its films and other media in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Lions Gate Entertainment Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.41 per share on revenues of $714.71 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 82.08.

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 $0.06 to a profit $0.08. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $0.92, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Lions Gate Entertainment has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1,466 1,584 1,583 1,588
Diluted EPS ($) -1.40 -0.17 -0.41 -0.30

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 645.21 471.82 706.97 743.65
Diluted EPS ($) -0.17 -0.33 0.53 0.27

Past Performance:
Lions Gate Entertainment has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)