China Lodging Group Limited Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

China Lodging Group Limited (NASDAQ:HTHT) will report earnings after markets close on Wednesday, May 8th. China Lodging Group Ltd. operates a hotel chain in China. The Company mainly utilizes a lease-and-operate model, under which they directly operate hotels that are typically located in prime locations of selected cities. China Lodging also employs a franchise-and-manage model, under which they manage franchised hotels.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to China Lodging Group Limited Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $-0.22 per share on revenues of $850.55 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 32.72.

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 $1.59 to a profit $1.3. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $3.49, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how China Lodging Group Limited has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 112.17 184.85 262.91 356.57 516.77
Diluted EPS ($) -1.479 0.1350 0.5565 0.2980 0.4551

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

Quarter Sep. 30, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 98.03 102.99 125.56 141.79 141.54
Diluted EPS ($) 0.1502 -0.0254 0.1825 0.2475 0.0449

Past Performance:
China Lodging Group Limited has beat analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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