Alexion Pharmaceuticals Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Continue?

Alexion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALXN) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, April 25th. Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, researches and develops proprietary immunoregulatory compounds for the treatment of autoimmune and cardiovascular diseases. The Company develops C5 complement inhibitors and Apogens which are two classes of potential therapeutic compounds designed to selectively target specific disease-causing segments of the immune system.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Alexion Pharmaceuticals Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.60 per share on revenues of $336.20 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 71.89.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.65 to a profit $0.68. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $2.89, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

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

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 259.10 386.80 540.96 783.43 1,134
Diluted EPS ($) 0.195 1.63 0.52 0.91 1.28

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

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 227.56 244.73 274.72 294.14 320.53
Diluted EPS ($) 0.25 0.23 0.18 0.46 0.41

Past Performance:
Alexion Pharmaceuticals has beat analyst estimates 4 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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