Clearwater Paper Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Clearwater Paper (NYSE:CLW) will report earnings after markets close on Wednesday, April 24th. Clearwater Paper Corp. manufactures consumer tissue, bleached paperboard, and wood products. The Company supplies private label tissue to major retail grocery chains and produces bleached paperboard that is used by printers and packaging converters.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Clearwater Paper Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.65 per share on revenues of $465.77 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 17.67.

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 $0.94 to a profit $0.91. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $3.49, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

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Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Clearwater Paper has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1,255 1,250 1,373 1,928 1,874
Diluted EPS ($) 0.43 7.75 3.12 1.66 2.72

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

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 466.39 457.80 473.57 480.23 462.70
Diluted EPS ($) 0.46 0.16 0.91 0.80 0.85

Past Performance:
Clearwater Paper 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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