Chemical & Mining Co. Of Chile Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Chemical & Mining Co. Of Chile (NYSE:SQM) will report earnings after markets close on Tuesday, May 28th. Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile SA produces and markets specialty fertilizers including potassium nitrate, sodium nitrate, and potassium sulfate for the agricultural industry. The Company also produces industrial chemicals, iodine and lithium. SQM markets its products in over 100 countries.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Chemical & Mining Co. Of Chile Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.60 per share on revenues of $564.10 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 19.50.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $0.73 to a profit $0.66. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $2.61, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Chemical & Mining Co. Of Chile has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1,774 1,437 1,830 2,145 2,429
Diluted EPS ($) 1.91 1.24 1.45 2.07 2.47

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 529.60 683.30 615.30 601.00
Diluted EPS ($) 0.57 0.73 0.63 0.54

Past Performance:
Chemical & Mining Co. Of Chile has missed analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a bust if the company misses estimates.

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