4 Earnings to Look Out For This Week

It’s January, and that means earnings seasons. Here’s a sneak peak at the four biggest earnings releases scheduled for this week:

4) Apollo Group Inc. (NASDAQ:APOL)

Apollo Group will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday. Through its subsidiaries, Apollo Group offers innovative and unique educational programs and services both online and on-campus at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

Shares were off about 2 percent on Monday afternoon ahead of the earnings release. Wall Street is expecting profit per share of about $0.90, nearly 30 percent lower than the same quarter last year. In its last financial release, the company revealed that profits fell 60 percent year over year to $0.68 per share. While this technically exceeded expectations, the company is trending toward both lower revenues and earnings.

Aug. 31, 2011 Nov. 30, 2011 Feb. 29, 2012 May 31, 2012 Aug. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1,122 1,179 970 1,131 966
Diluted EPS ($) 1.37 1.14 0.51 1.13 0.62

 

On an annual basis, revenues dropped 3.9 percent in fiscal 2011 and 10.13 percent for fiscal 2012 to $4.2 billion. EPS grew 11.6 percent in fiscal 2011, but dropped 14.4 percent in fiscal 2012 to $3.45. (Read our full Apollo earnings sneak peak.)

Unfortunately, Apollo’s stock chart for the past 52-week period looks like a stairway with a poor run-to-rise ratio that leads right to shareholder losses.

Apollo Group, Inc. Stock Chart - APOL Interactive Chart - Yahoo! Finance

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3) SUPERVALU Inc. (NYSE:SVU)

Supervalu will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday. The company operates as a grocery retailer and wholesaler in the United States.

Shares were off about 4.25 percent on Monday afternoon, presumably as investors look ahead to the upcoming earnings and decide that what they see is unattractive. Wall Street is expecting net income of $0.07 per share, a 70.8 percent drop from the company’s actual earnings a year earlier. In its last financial release, the company revealed that it lost $0.52 per share, compared to earnings of $0.28 in the year-earlier period.

Sep. 30, 2011 Nov. 30, 2011 Feb. 29, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Aug. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 8,429 8,327 8,231 10,590 8,039
Diluted EPS ($) 0.28 (3.54) (2.00) 0.19 (0.52)

 

Supervalu’s quarterly earnings history is scattered with bottom-line losses and punctuated by a year-over-year top-line drop. On an annual basis, revenues have fallen for the past three years, while the company has logged negative EPS for the past two years. To its credit, it did cut its earnings losses by 31 percent in 2012, to just -$4.91 per share. (Read our full Supervalu earnings sneak peak.)

Supervalu’s stock is down over 64 percent for the past 52-week period.

SuperValu Inc. Common Stock Stock Chart - SVU Interactive Chart - Yahoo! Finance

2) Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON)

Monsanto will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday. Monsanto manufactures agricultural products.

Wall Street is expecting net income of $0.36 per share from Monsanto, a rise of 56.5 percent from the company’s actual earnings a year ago. In its last financial release, the company widened a loss of $0.18 per share in the year-ago period to $0.42 per share, while revenues fell 7.2 percent to $2.11 billion.

Aug. 31, 2011 Nov. 30, 2011 Feb. 29, 2012 May 31, 2012 Aug. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 2,252 2,445 4,747 4,218 2,091
Diluted EPS ($) (0.21) 0.23 2.24 1.74 (0.42)

 

On an annual basis, revenues and earnings have both logged double-digit growth for the past two years, after one year of contraction in 2010. (Read our full Monsanto earnings sneak peak.)

Monsanto’s stock has climbed 24 percent over the past 52-week period.

Monsanto Company Common Stock Stock Chart - MON Interactive Chart - Yahoo! Finance

1) Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA)

Alcoa will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday. Alcoa is a global producer of aluminum. It is mainly engaged in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina combined. It is actively involved in a range of industries, including technology, mining, smelting, and recycling.

Shares were off about 1.6 percent on Monday afternoon. Wall Street is expecting net income of $0.07 per share, up from net loss of $0.03 per share in the year-earlier period. In its last financial release, the company reported a loss of $0.13 per share, a sharp drop from positive earnings of $0.15 per shear in the year-earlier period. Revenue fell 9.1 percent to $5.83 billion.

Sep. 30, 2011 Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 6,455 5,992 6,015 5,971 5,817
Diluted EPS ($) 0.15 (0.17) 0.09 0.00 (0.13)

 

On an annual basis, revenue is up over 15 percent for each of the last two years. Earnings have grown over 100 percent each year after leaving negative territory in 2010. (Read our full Alcoa earnings sneak peak.)

Alcoa’s stock price has come up just over 1 percent for the past 52-week period. Even before the financial crisis, the company’s decision to focus on aluminum was widely criticized. The company has grown at a slower rate than some of its major competitors and its flat stock movement reflects this.

Alcoa Inc. Common Stock Stock Chart - AA Interactive Chart - Yahoo! Finance

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