Colgate-Palmolive Company Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, January 26, 2012. Colgate Palmolive manufactures and markets a number of oral, personal, home care, and pet nutrition products for customers around the world.

Colgate-Palmolive Company Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.30 per share, a rise of 4.8% 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 $1.33. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at $1.30 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 3.7% versus last year to $5.02.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has met estimates the last three quarters. Last quarter, the company reported net income of $1.31 per share to fall in step with the mean estimate.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $4.19 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 5.3% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $16.75 billion for the year, a rise of 7.6% from last year’s revenue of $15.56 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Colgate-Palmolive Company with 14 of 21 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 3.9% to $643 million ($1.31 a share) from $619 million ($1.21 a share) the year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue rose 11.2% to $4.38 billion from $3.94 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 3.2% in the second quarter and 61.3% in the first quarter.

Revenue has gone up for three straight quarters. It rose 9.7% in the second quarter from the year earlier and 4.3% in the first quarter.

Competitors to Watch: The Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG), Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD), The Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX), CCA Industries, Inc. (AMEX:CAW), Unilever plc (NYSE:UL), Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE:AVP), Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB), PC Group, Inc. (PCGR), and Alberto-Culver Company (NYSE:ACV).

Stock Price Performance: During November 21, 2011 to January 20, 2012, the stock price had risen $2.12 (2.4%) from $86.88 to $89. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 25, 2011 and May 4, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 7.2% (+$5.64) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between December 29, 2011 and January 11, 2012 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 5.1% (-$4.68) over that span.

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

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