Canadian National Railway Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Canadian National Railway (NYSE:CNI) will report earnings after markets close on Monday, July 22nd. Canadian National Railway Company operates a network of track in Canada and the United States. The Company transports forest products, grain and grain products, coal, sulfur, and fertilizers, intermodal, and automotive products. Canadian National operates a fleet of locomotives and railcars.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Canadian National Railway Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $1.62 per share on revenues of $2.70 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 17.48.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $1.67 to a profit $1.68. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $6.12, which is the same as the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Canadian National Railway has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 8,007 6,485 8,056 9,136 9,926
Diluted EPS ($) 3.42 3.69 4.45 5.36 6.14

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 ($) in millions 2,497.99 2,497.00 2,516.80 2,403.86
Diluted EPS ($) 1.41 1.52 1.41 1.26

Past Performance:
Canadian National Railway has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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