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

Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, November 4, 2011. 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 net income of 53 cents per share, a rise of 10.4% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 54 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 53 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 10.6% versus last year to $2.19.

Past Earnings Performance: The company topped forecasts last quarter after being in line with estimates the quarter prior. In the second quarter, it reported profit of 57 cents per share versus a mean estimate of 56 cents. Two quarters ago, it reported net income of 57 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 5.3% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $691.5 million.

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

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 11.2% to $82.6 million (57 cents a share) from $74.3 million (52 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 5.3% to $674.9 million from $640.9 million.

Key Stats:

The company has now been profitable for the last eight quarters, and for the last four, profit has risen year over year by an average of 1%. The quarter with the biggest boost was the most recent quarter, which saw an 11.2% surge.

The company’s revenue has risen for two straight quarters. In the first quarter, the figure rose 1.2%.

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

Stock Price Performance: During August 9, 2011 to November 2, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.06 (7.7%) from $39.72 to $42.78. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 8, 2011 and August 15, 2011 when shares rose for six-straight days, rising 13.7% (+$5.04) 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% (-$2.10) over that span. Shares are up $8.72 (+25.6%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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