Airgas Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Airgas (NYSE:ARG) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, July 25th. Airgas, Inc. distributes industrial, medical, and specialty gases and related equipment. The Company also produces and distributes liquid carbon dioxide and dry ice in the United States. Airgas’ integrated distribution network consists of branch locations, distribution centers, and outbound telemarketing operations.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Airgas Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $1.15 per share on revenues of $1.27 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 23.17.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $1.28 to a profit $1.2. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $5.08, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Airgas has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 4,349 3,864 4,251 4,746 4,957
Diluted EPS ($) 3.12 2.34 2.93 4.00 4.35

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012 Mar. 31, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 1,257.26 1,229.61 1,207.71 1,262.92
Diluted EPS ($) 1.15 1.03 1.05 1.13

Past Performance:
Airgas has missed analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a bust if the company misses estimates.

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