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Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ:APKT) is scheduled to release last fiscal quarter's results after the closing bell on October 20, 2011.

Overview
APKT trades an average of 2.9 million shares per day.

Acme Packet, Inc. provides session delivery network solutions that enable the delivery of interactive communications, such as voice, video, and multimedia sessions; and data services across internet protocol network borders. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts.

52-Week High: $84.50
52-Week Low: $35.70
Book Value: $5.97
Float Short: 5.27%

On average, analysts are expecting a drop of $-0.07 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.29. The reporting quarter's estimated mean earnings are $0.22 per share.

The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 55. The forward P/E ratio is 49.1. The stock has fallen in price -19.87% in the last month, and 12.12% from one year ago. When comparing to the S&P 500, the year-to-date difference is -20.30%.

The company has rising revenue year-over-year of $231.23 million for 2010 vs. $141.46 million for 2009. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $43.04 million for 2010 vs. $17.11 million for 2009. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising, with an EBIT year-over-year of $66.18 million for 2010 vs. $18.93 million for 2009.

paid2trade.com revenue gross bar chart for APKT

Gross reported revenue compared to the mean estimate (rounded).

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Jun-11 $ 76.92 M $ 79.73 M $ 2.81 M 3.65%
Mar-11 $ 71.45 M $ 73.97 M $ 2.52 M 3.53%
Dec-10 $ 60.77 M $ 70.23 M $ 9.46 M 15.57%
Sep-10 $ 55.02 M $ 56.61 M $ 1.59 M 2.89%
Jun-10 $ 52.11 M $ 53.34 M $ 1.23 M 2.36%
M = millions, B = billions.
Differences are rounded.
Some one-time items are often excluded in reported EPS.

Reported earnings per share compared to the mean estimate. Differences are rounded.

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Source: Earnings Preview: Acme Packet Reports Results Thursday