Meredith Corp. (MDP) posted a decrease in third-quarter net earnings to $21.17 million or $0.47 per share from $30.84 million or $0.67 per share a year earlier. On average, 7 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected earnings per share of $0.66 for the quarter. Analysts' estimates typically exclude one-time items.
Howeverm total revenues increased to $345.51 million from $338.88 million in the previous year, whereas 6 analysts estimated revenues of $349.37 million for the quarter.
Looking ahead to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, Meredith sees earnings per share of $0.63 - $0.66. This range now includes approximately $0.10 of dilution related to Allrecipes.com.
Meredith expects fiscal 2012 earnings per share before the special charge to range from $2.47 - $2.50. This range now includes about $0.12 of dilution related to Allrecipes.com.
by RTT Staff Writer
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