Arch Coal, Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Arch Coal is a coal producer in the United States, that sells coal to power plants, steel mills, and industrial facilities.

Arch Coal, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for profit of 17 cents per share, a decline of 52.8% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 50 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 21 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 41.1% compared to last year’s 63 cents.

Past Earnings Performance: For the past three quarters, the company’s quarterly results have come in below analyst’s expectations. Last quarter, the company reported net income of 29 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 31 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 28.3% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.12 billion.

Analyst Ratings: With eight analysts rate analysts rating the stock a buy, three rate rating it as a sell, and 10 rate rating it a hold, analysts are bullish on the stock.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit rose 24.5% to $59.6 million (29 cents a share) from $47.8 million (29 cents a share) the year earlier, but fell short analyst expectations. Revenue rose 47.1% to $1.23 billion from $835.4 million.

Key Stats:

With double-digit revenue growth the past four quarters, this earnings release is a chance to keep that positive trend going. The company has averaged year-over-year revenue growth of 33.9% over the last four quarters.

Stock Price Performance: Between January 30, 2012 and April 25, 2012, the stock price fell $4.82 (-33.5%), from $14.38 to $9.56. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 29, 2011 and January 6, 2012, when shares rose for six straight days, increasing 8.9% (+$1.24) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 11, 2011 and November 25, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight days, dropping 19.6% (-$3.27) over that span.

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

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