Dean Foods Company Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Dean Foods Company (NYSE:DF) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Dean Foods is a food and beverage company in the United States offering dairy and frozen food products.

Dean Foods Company Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 23 cents per share, a rise of 53.3% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 8.8% versus last year to 73 cents.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 3 cents, coming in at profit of 18 cents a share versus the estimate of net income of 15 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $3.34 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 6% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $13.08 billion for the year, a rise of 7.9% from last year’s revenue of $12.12 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Dean Foods Company with eight of 12 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, the company swung to a loss of $1.54 billion ($8.39 a share) from a profit of $24.3 million (13 cents) a year earlier, but beat analyst expectations. Revenue rose 11.7% to $3.41 billion from $3.05 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has gone up in the past four quarters. Revenue rose 11.6% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 2.6% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 5.1% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between November 11, 2011 and February 9, 2012, the stock price rose 46 cents (4.5%), from $10.18 to $10.64. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 3, 2011 and October 12, 2011, when shares rose for eight straight days, increasing 18.1% (+$1.50) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 12 straight days, dropping 31.3% (-$3.82) over that span.

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

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