Church & Dwight Co., Inc. Quarterly Earnings Sneak Peek

Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NASDAQ:CHD) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, August 4, 2011. Church & Dwight Company, Inc. 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 56 cents per share, a rise of 9.8% 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 and it 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: The company met estimates last quarter after beating the forecasts in the prior two. In the first quarter, the company reported profit of 57 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 57 cents per share. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company beat estimates by one cent.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $669.6 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 4.5% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $2.69 billion for the year, a rise of 3.9% from last year’s revenue of $2.59 billion.

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

Key Stats:

The increase in profit in the first quarter breaks a streak of two consecutive quarters of year-over-year profit decreases. In the first quarter, net income rose 4.5%, while the figure dropped 11% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year and 0.8% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

Revenue rose in the first quarter after seeing a drop the quarter before. Revenue rose 1.2% to $642.3 million in the first quarter from the year earlier. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, revenue fell 2.1%.

Competitors to Watch: The Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG), The Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX), Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL), Zep, Inc. (NYSE:ZEP), PC Group, Inc. (PCGR).

Stock Price Performance: During July 25, 2011 to July 29, 2011, the stock price had dropped $1.53 (-3.7%) from $41.87 to $40.34. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 2, 2011 and February 9, 2011 when shares rose for six-straight days, rising 5% (+$1.70) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 19, 2011 and May 25, 2011 when shares fell for five-straight days, falling 3.9% (-$1.62) over that span. Shares are up $6.14 (+18%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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