Ashland Earnings: Your Sneak Peek to the Big Announcement

Ashland (NYSE:ASH) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, July 25th. Ashland Inc. is a diversified chemical company. The Company provides products and services to a range of businesses, such as adhesives and sealants, building and construction, merchant marine, metal casting, mining, transportation, water and wastewater treatment industries, and others.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Ashland Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $1.84 per share on revenues of $2.06 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 224.64.

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 $2.03 to a profit $1.86. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $6.59, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

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

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 8,381 8,106 9,012 6,502 8,206
Diluted EPS ($) 2.63 0.96 4.18 5.17 0.33

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 ($) in millions 2,141.00 2,056.00 1,869.00 1,974.00
Diluted EPS ($) 1.90 -3.49 1.26 0.66

Past Performance:
Ashland has beat analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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