Bemis Company Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Bemis Company, Inc. (NYSE:BMS) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Bemis Company is a manufacturer of flexible packaging products and pressure-sensitive materials for customers worldwide.

Bemis Company, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 39 cents per share, a decline of 20.4% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 55 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 39 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 9.4% versus last year to $1.92.

Past Earnings Performance: The company fell short of estimates last quarter after topping forecasts the quarter prior. In the third quarter, it reported profit of 56 cents per share against a mean estimate of 58 cents. Two quarters ago, it beat expectations by one cent with net income of 51 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 1.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.27 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Bemis Company with four of six analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 9.1% to $55.9 million (53 cents a share) from $61.4 million (55 cents a share) the year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Revenue rose 4.9% to $1.36 billion from $1.29 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 7.9% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 29.6% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 37.8% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

The company has seen net income fall in each of the last two quarters. Net income dropped 9% in the second quarter.

Competitors to Watch: Sonoco Products Company (NYSE:SON), Sealed Air Corp. (NYSE:SEE), Rock-Tenn Company (NYSE:RKT), AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE:ATR), Amcor Limited (AMCRY), and Can Tho Sadico Joint Stock Corp (NYSE:SDG).

Stock Price Performance: During November 18, 2011 to January 19, 2012, the stock price had risen $2.51 (9%) from $27.98 to $30.49. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 1, 2011 and November 8, 2011 when shares rose for six-straight days, rising 5.8% (+$1.60) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 9.2% (-$3.08) over that span.

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

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