Zimmer Holdings Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Zimmer Holdings (NYSE:ZMH) will unveil its latest earnings tomorrow, Thursday, January 31, 2013. Zimmer Holdings designs, develops, manufactures and markets orthopedic and dental reconstructive implants, spinal implants, and trauma products.

Zimmer Holdings Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for net income of $1.49 per share, a rise of 9.6% 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 has been unchanged at $1.49 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 10% compared to last year’s $5.28.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last two quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped the forecasts by 2 cents, reporting profit of $1.15 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $1.13. In the second quarter, the company exceeded forecasts by 2 cents with profit of $1.34 versus a mean estimate of net income of $1.32.

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A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 7% to $178.1 million ($1.02 a share) from $191.5 million ($1.01 a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue fell 0.6% to $1.03 billion from $1.03 billion.

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