Core-Mark Holding: Here’s What Investors Need to Know Before Earnings

Core-Mark Holding Company (NASDAQ:CORE) will report earnings before markets open on Tuesday, May 7th. Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. distributes consumer packaged goods and store supplies to the convenience retail industry. The Company provides distribution and logistics services as well as value-added programs to customer locations across various states and several Canadian provinces. Core-Mark services a variety of store formats.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Core-mark Holding Company Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.42 per share on revenues of $2.24 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 17.27.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $1.16 to a profit $1.17. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $3.87, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

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Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Core-mark Holding Company has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 6,045 6,532 7,267 8,115 8,892
Diluted EPS ($) 1.64 4.35 1.55 2.23 2.91

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 ($) in millions 2,128 2,101 2,287 2,315 2,190
Diluted EPS ($) 0.4561 0.31 0.87 0.90 0.8220

Past Performance:
Core-mark Holding Company has missed analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a bust if the company misses estimates.

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