DENTSPLY International, Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component DENTSPLY International, Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. DENTSPLY International manufactures and distributes dental equipment and products, including artificial teeth and dental consumable products.

DENTSPLY International, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 52 cents per share, a rise of 6.1% 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 53 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 52 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 12.4% compared to last year’s $2.26.

Past Earnings Performance: The company missed estimates last quarter after beating forecasts in the prior two. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company reported net income of 51 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 52 cents per share. In the third quarter of the last fiscal year, the company beat estimates by 3 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $718.7 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 26% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $2.97 billion for the year, a rise of 16.9% from last year’s revenue of $2.54 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Of the 11 analysts surveyed, six (54.5%) rate DENTSPLY International a buy. This falls short of the analyst rating of 10 competitors, which average 62.9% buy ratings.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit fell 40.1% to $40.6 million (28 cents a share) from $67.8 million (47 cents a share) the year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Revenue rose 29.9% to $738 million from $568.2 million.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is looking to build on four-straight revenue increases heading into this earnings announcement. Revenue rose 4.5% in the first quarter of the last fiscal year, 7.8% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year and 14.4% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year before increasing again in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between January 30, 2012 and April 25, 2012, the stock price rose $3.01 (8%), from $37.79 to $40.80. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 27, 2011 and July 8, 2011, when shares rose for nine straight days, increasing 5.6% (+$2.06) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between December 9, 2011 and December 19, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight days, dropping 4.6% (-$1.64) over that span.

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

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