Nielsen Hldg NV Second Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Nielsen Hldg NV (NYSE:NLSN) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.

Nielsen Hldg NV Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for profit of 40 cents per share, a decline of 2.4% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 41 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 40 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $1.73 per share, a rise of 8.1% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 3 cents, coming in at profit of 29 cents a share versus the estimate of net income of 26 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

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A Look Back: In the first quarter, the company swung to a profit of $25 million (7 cents a share) from a loss of $182 million (55 cents) a year earlier, beating analyst estimates. Revenue rose 2.9% to $1.34 billion from $1.3 billion.

Stock Price Performance: Between April 24, 2012 and July 19, 2012, the stock price fell $3.28 (-11.2%), from $29.27 to $25.99. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 9, 2012 and March 16, 2012, when shares rose for six straight days, increasing 3.1% (+91 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between June 20, 2012 and June 26, 2012 when shares fell for five straight days, dropping 6.7% (-$1.86) over that span.

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

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is looking to build on four-straight revenue increases heading into this earnings announcement. Revenue rose 9.9% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year, 9.6% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year and 3.6% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year before increasing again in the first quarter.

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 0.7% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.41 billion.

Balance Sheet Analysis: The company’s current ratio of assets to liabilities came in at 0.98 last quarter. The current ratio is an indication of a firm’s liquidity and ability to meet creditor demands and generally, a ratio less than one could indicate a company may have difficulty meeting current obligations.

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

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