Compass Minerals International Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) will report earnings before markets open on Monday, April 29th. Compass Minerals International, Inc. produces highway deicing salt in North America and the United Kingdom. The Company also produces general trade salt and sulfate of potash. Compass Minerals sells its highway deicing salt primarily to state, provincial, county, and municipal highway departments for deicing applications.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Compass Minerals International Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $1.12 per share on revenues of $364.28 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 30.26.

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 $0.52 to a profit $0.5. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $3.89, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Compass Minerals International has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1,168 963.10 1,069 1,106 941.90
Diluted EPS ($) 4.81 4.92 4.51 4.45 2.65

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 ($) in millions 306.10 315.30 178.50 181.00 267.10
Diluted EPS ($) 1.31 1.19 0.28 0.28 0.90

Past Performance:
Compass Minerals International 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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