CF Industries Holdings Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, May 3, 2012. CF Industries Holdings is a manufacturer and distributor of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products, including ammonia, urea, urea ammonium nitrate solution, diammonium phosphate, and monoammonium phosphate.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $4.95 per share, a rise of 29.9% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from $4.94. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from $4.71 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 3.8% versus last year to $23.77.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 36 cents, reporting profit of $7.13 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $6.77 per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 7.7% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.26 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are optimistic about this stock, with 11 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and three rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit rose more than twofold to $438.9 million ($6.57 a share) from $200.3 million ($2.99 a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 38.8% to $1.72 billion from $1.24 billion.

Key Stats:

The company enters this earnings announcement with substantial revenue momentum. The company has averaged year-over-year revenue growth of 65.8% over the last four quarters.

Stock Price Performance: From March 29, 2012 to April 27, 2012, the stock price rose $18.47 (10.3%), from $179.50 to $197.97. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 28, 2011 and January 5, 2012, when shares rose for six straight days, increasing 12.2% (+$17.38) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between September 14, 2011 and September 23, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight days, dropping 18.9% (-$33.88) over that span.

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

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