Aflac Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Aflac (NYSE:AFL) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. Aflac, a general business holding company, provides supplemental health and life insurance through its subsidiaries in the United States and Japan.

Aflac Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for net income of $1.48 per share, no change from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from $1.50. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from $1.49 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 4.1% versus last year to $6.59.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company topped estimates by 0 cents, coming in at profit of $1.77 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $1.66. The company fell in line with estimates in the second quarter.

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A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 36.7% to $1.02 billion ($2.16 a share) from $744 million ($1.59 a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 14.4% to $6.85 billion from $5.99 billion.