CF Industries Holdings Inc. Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. 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 profit of $4.69 per share, a rise of more than fourfold 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 $3.62. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from $4.57 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 142.6% versus last year to $20.91.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company reported net income of $6.87 per share versus a mean estimate of profit of. The company has beaten estimates for the past three quarters.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 55.9% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.43 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with eight analysts rating it as a buy, one rating it as a sell and three rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose more than fourfold to $487.4 million ($6.75 a share) from $105.1 million ($1.54 a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 37.8% to $1.8 billion from $1.31 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 more than twofold, 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.

Competitors to Watch: The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS), Agrium Inc. (NYSE:AGU), Terra Nitrogen Co., L.P. (NYSE:TNH), Potash Corp./Saskatchewan (NYSE:POT), Converted Organics Inc. (NASDAQ:COIN), The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. (NYSE:SMG), LSB Industries, Inc. (NYSE:LXU), China Green Agriculture, Inc (NYSE:CGA), China Agritech Inc. (NASDAQ:CAGC), and Bodisen Biotech, Inc. (BBCZ).

Stock Price Performance: During August 30, 2011 to October 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $28.17 (-14.8%) from $189.78 to $161.61. 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, rising 12.3% (+$15.70) 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, falling 18.9% (-$34.03) over that span. Shares are up $27.01 (+20.1%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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