Autoliv Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Autoliv (NYSE:ALV) will report earnings before markets open on Friday, April 26th. Autoliv, Inc. develops and manufactures automotive safety systems for automotive manufacturers. The Company’s products include seat belts, airbags, anti-whiplash seats, child restraints, and leg protection equipment. Autoliv tests cars and products at crash test tracks in several countries.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Autoliv Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $1.22 per share on revenues of $2.09 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 13.24.

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 $1.48 to a profit $1.35. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $5.59, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

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

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 6,473 5,121 7,171 8,232 8,267
Diluted EPS ($) 2.28 0.12 6.39 6.65 5.08

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 ($) in millions 2,045 2,179 2,089 1,947 2,052
Diluted EPS ($) 1.70 1.07 1.33 1.23 1.45

Past Performance:
Autoliv has missed analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a bust if the company misses estimates.

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