Church & Dwight Co. Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Church & Dwight develops, manufactures, and markets a broad range of household, personal care, and specialty products. The company focuses its marketing efforts mainly on its eight power brands.

Church & Dwight Co., Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 51 cents per share, a rise of 18.6% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $2.19 per share, a rise of 10.6% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by one cent, coming in at profit of 54 cents per share against an estimate of net income of. The company also topped expectations in the second quarter.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $694.3 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 5.7% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $2.71 billion for the year, a rise of 4.6% from last year’s revenue of $2.59 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on Church & Dwight as six analysts rate it as a buy, two rate it as a sell and eight rate it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 14.6% to $79.6 million (54 cents a share) from $69.5 million (48 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 6.7% to $701 million from $656.9 million.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 11.2% in the second quarter and 4.5% in the first quarter.

Revenue has gone up for three straight quarters. It rose 5.3% in the second quarter from the year earlier and 1.2% in the first quarter.

Stock Price Performance: During November 3, 2011 to February 1, 2012, the stock price had risen $2.83 (6.6%) from $43.06 to $45.89. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 10, 2012 and January 19, 2012 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 4.3% (+$1.94) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 5% (-$2.09) over that span.

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

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