Alon USA Energy: Here’s What Investors Need to Know Before Earnings

Alon Usa Energy (NYSE:ALJ) will report earnings after markets close on Wednesday, May 8th. Alon USA Energy, Inc. refines and markets oil, operates pipelines, and operates convenience stores. The Company operates a sour crude oil refinery and pipeline, markets gasoline and diesel fuel to retailers, markets unbranded gasoline and diesel and jet fuels, supplies asphalt in West Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, and operates convenience stores in West Texas and New Mexico.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Alon Usa Energy Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.51 per share on revenues of $1.53 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 13.42.

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 $0.55 to a profit $0.63. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $1.88, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Alon Usa Energy has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 5,157 3,916 4,031 7,186 8,018
Diluted EPS ($) 1.72 -2.46 -2.27 0.69 1.24

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 ($) in millions 1,883 1,792 1,910 2,360 1,955
Diluted EPS ($) -0.2312 -0.52 0.65 0.69 0.3281

Past Performance:
Alon Usa Energy has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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