C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHRW) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 31, 2012. CH Robinson Worldwide is a third party logistics company which provides freight transportation and logistics solutions to a variety of clients.

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 68 cents per share, a rise of 9.7% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 13.7% versus last year to $2.65.

Past Earnings Performance: The company met estimates last quarter after falling short of forecasts in the prior two. Before reporting profit of 70 cents per share in the third quarter to fall in line with expectations, the company beat estimates by 2 cents in the second quarter.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $2.63 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 12.9% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $10.39 billion for the year, a rise of 12.1% from last year’s revenue of $9.27 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about C.H. Robinson Worldwide with 15 of 24 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 11.4% to $114.3 million (70 cents a share) from $102.6 million (62 cents a share) the year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue rose 11.3% to $2.69 billion from $2.42 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 12.9%, with the biggest boost coming in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year when revenue rose 15.8% from the year earlier quarter.

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 14.2% in the second quarter and 15.5% in the first quarter.

Competitors to Watch: UTi Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ:UTIW), Expeditors Intl. of Washington (NASDAQ:EXPD), Pacer International, Inc. (NASDAQ:PACR), Hub Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HUBG), Roadrunner Transportation Services Hold. (NYSE:RRTS), Echo Global Logistics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECHO), Vitran Corp., Inc. (NASDAQ:VTNC), United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS), and J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:JBHT).

Stock Price Performance: During November 25, 2011 to January 25, 2012, the stock price had risen $4.79 (7.6%) from $63.32 to $68.11. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 23, 2011 and April 4, 2011 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 5.9% (+$4.17) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 25, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 13.3% (-$10.70) over that span.

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

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