Motorola Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Continue?

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Motorola (NYSE:MSI) will report earnings before markets open on Wednesday, April 24th. Motorola Solutions, Inc. manufactures two-way radios and accessories; mobile computers; wireless network infrastructure; private radio systems; bar code scanning and radio frequency identification equipment, and public safety broadband equipment.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Motorola Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.66 per share on revenues of $2.05 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 20.66.

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 $0.85 to a profit $0.86. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $3.72, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

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Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Motorola has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 25,110 6,947 7,617 8,203 8,698
Diluted EPS ($) -13.11 -0.15 1.87 3.41 2.96

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

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 2,300 1,956 2,148 2,153 2,441
Diluted EPS ($) 0.59 0.49 0.61 0.72 1.14

Past Performance:
Motorola has beat analyst estimates 4 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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

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