CF Industries Holdings Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 15, 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 analyst estimate is for net income of $6.89 per share, a rise of more than twofold from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from $6.82. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has dropped from $7 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 160.4% versus last year to $22.45.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 34 cents, coming in at profit of $5.16 a share versus the estimate of net income of $4.82 a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 33.1% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.65 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are optimistic about this stock, with 10 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and three rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose more than sixfold to $330.9 million ($4.73 a share) from $48.2 million (67 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 53.1% to $1.4 billion from $917.1 million.

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 92.2%, with the biggest boost coming in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year when revenue rose more than twofold from the year earlier quarter.

Stock Price Performance: Between December 12, 2011 and February 9, 2012, the stock price had risen $46.38 (33.3%), from $139.35 to $185.73. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 28, 2011 and April 5, 2011, when shares rose for seven straight days, increasing 12.3% (+$15.67) 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% (-$33.95) over that span.

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

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