AFLAC Incorporated Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. Aflac, a general business holding company, provides supplemental health and life insurance through its subsidiaries in the United States and Japan.

AFLAC Incorporated Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.60 per share, a rise of 10.3% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from $1.54. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from $1.59 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $6.33 per share, a rise of 14.5% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company is looking to make a streak of three quarters of beating estimates. Last quarter, it beat expectations by reporting profit of $1.56 per share, and the previous quarter, it had net income of $1.63.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $5.86 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 8.7% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $22.85 billion for the year, a rise of 10.2% from last year’s revenue of $20.73 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 12 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and five rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit fell 51.8% to $280 million (60 cents a share) from $581 million ($1.23 a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue rose 2.2% to $5.09 billion from $4.98 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 1% in the first quarter from the year earlier, climbed 15.2% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 19.2% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

The company has seen net income fall in each of the last two quarters. Net income dropped 37.9% in the first quarter.

Competitors to Watch: Unum Group (NYSE:UNM), Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:PFG), Triple-S Management Corp. (NYSE:GTS), American Independence Corp. (NASDAQ:AMIC), CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI), WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE:WLP), Universal American Corp. (NYSE:UAM), Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM), HealthMarkets, Inc. (NYSE:UCI), and Citizens Financial Corp. (CFIN).

Stock Price Performance: During September 22, 2011 to October 20, 2011, the stock price had risen $9.35 (29.2%) from $32.02 to $41.37. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 29, 2011 and April 6, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 5% (+$2.57) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 26, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 9.5% (-$4.68) over that span. Shares are down $14 (-25.3%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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