W.R. Berkley Corp Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

W.R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE:WRB) will unveil its latest earnings tomorrow, Tuesday, January 29, 2013. W.R. Berkley is an insurance holding company in the United States, which operates in five business segments: specialty insurance, regional property casualty insurance, alternative markets, reinsurance and international.

W.R. Berkley Corporation Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 50 cents per share, a decline of 13.8% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 67 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from 49 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 15.3% versus last year to $2.48.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 7 cents, reporting profit of 61 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 54 cents per share.

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A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 30.6% to $100.9 million (71 cents a share) from $77.3 million (53 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 11% to $1.42 billion from $1.28 billion.

Here’s how W.R. Berkley Corp traded following its last earnings report 3 months ago and leading up to its upcoming earnings report this week: