Roper Industries Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Roper Industries (NYSE:ROP) will unveil its latest earnings tomorrow, Monday, January 28, 2013. Roper Industries designs and manufactures energy systems and controls, scientific and industrial imaging products and software, industrial technology products and radio frequency products and services.

Roper Industries Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for net income of $1.46 per share, a rise of 18.7% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from $1.44. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at $1.46 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 15.2% compared to last year’s $4.94.

Past Earnings Performance: The company topped forecasts last quarter after being in line with estimates the quarter prior. In the third quarter, it reported profit of $1.24 per share versus a mean estimate of $1.23. Two quarters ago, it reported net income of $1.15 per share.

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Balance Sheet Analysis: The company’s current ratio of assets to liabilities came in at 1.09 last quarter. The current ratio is an indication of a firm’s liquidity and ability to meet creditor demands and generally, for every dollar the company owes in the short term, it has that figure available in assets that can be converted to cash in the short term. The company regressed in this liquidity measure from 2.59 in the second quarter to the last quarter driven in part by an increase in liabilities. Current liabilities increased more than twofold to $1.11 billion while assets decreased 8.1% to $1.22 billion.

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 10.8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $819.2 million.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 5.8% to $116.7 million ($1.17 a share) from $110.3 million ($1.12 a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 4.9% to $747.6 million from $712.7 million.

Here’s how Roper Industries traded following its last earnings report 3 months ago and leading up to its upcoming earnings report this week: