Chubb Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Chubb (NYSE:CB) will unveil its latest earnings tomorrow, Thursday, January 31, 2013. Chubb is a holding company that provides property and casualty insurance business to a wide range of customers.

Chubb Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for a loss of 46 cents per share, a spike from profit of $1.63 in the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from $1.63. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from a loss of 43 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $4.61 per share, a decline of 10% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 47 cents, reporting profit of $1.98 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $1.51 per share.

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A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 78.9% to $533 million ($1.98 a share) from $298 million ($1.04 a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue fell 1.7% to $3.36 billion from $3.42 billion.

Here’s how Chubb traded following its last earnings report 3 months ago and leading up to its upcoming earnings report this week:

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $3.02 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 2% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $11.98 billion for the year, a rise of 1.9% from last year’s revenue of $11.76 billion.

Analyst Ratings: With nine analysts rating the stock as a buy, two rating it as a sell and nine rating it as a hold, there are indications of a bullish outlook.

Key Stats:

After some good news last quarter, the company is trying to build on the result with this upcoming earnings announcement. Net income fell in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the first quarter and the second quarter before snapping that run with a profit increase in the third quarter.

On the top line, the company is looking to rebound after a revenue drop last quarter. Revenue rose 0.7% in the the second quarter after dropping in the third quarter.

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