Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:ANR) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, May 3, 2012. Alpha Natural Resources is a supplier and exporter of metallurgical coal for use in the steel-making process and a major supplier of thermal coal to electric utilities and manufacturing industries across the country.

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for a loss of 7 cents per share, up from profit of 65 cents in the year-earlier quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 29 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from a loss of 3 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net loss of 42 cents per share, a swing from net income of $1.57 last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company fell short of estimates by 25 cents, coming in at a loss of 7 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 26 cents. The company topped expectations in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 68.1% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.9 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are optimistic about this stock, with 15 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and five rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company swung to a loss of $740.3 million ($4.13 a share) from a profit of $10.8 million (9 cents) a year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Revenue rose more than twofold to $2.08 billion from $993.1 million.

Key Stats:

The company enters this earnings announcement with substantial revenue momentum. The company has averaged year-over-year revenue growth of 80.3% over the last four quarters.

The company’s gross margin shrank by 10.9 percentage points in the in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year. Revenue rose 109.2% while cost of sales rose 140.4% to $1.75 billion from a year earlier.

Stock Price Performance: Between February 1, 2012 and April 27, 2012, the stock price fell $4.25 (-21.1%), from $20.12 to $15.87. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 28, 2011 and January 4, 2012, when shares rose for five straight days, increasing 14.1% (+$2.74) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 25, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 11 straight days, dropping 44.1% (-$20.78) over that span.

(Company fundamentals by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)

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