Dr Pepper Snapple Group Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. Dr Pepper Snapple Group manufactures and distributes flavored carbonated soft drinks and non-carbonated beverages in North America.

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 74 cents per share, a rise of 10.4% 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 75 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has since dropped over the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $2.72 per share, a rise of 13.3% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company topped estimates by 0 cents, coming in at profit of 71 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 70 cents. The company fell in line with estimates in the second quarter.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $1.45 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 2.8% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $5.89 billion for the year, a rise of 4.4% from last year’s revenue of $5.64 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Dr Pepper Snapple Group with eight of 12 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 6.9% to $154 million (71 cents a share) from $144 million (60 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 4.9% to $1.53 billion from $1.46 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 4.1% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 6.7% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 4.1% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

The increase in profit in the third quarter came after net income fell in the previous quarter. In the second quarter, net income fell 6%.

Stock Price Performance: Between November 11, 2011 and February 9, 2012, the stock price rose $1.26 (3.4%), from $36.87 to $38.13. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 6, 2011, when shares rose for eight straight days, increasing 7.3% (+$2.87) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 19, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for 11 straight days, dropping 8.5% (-$3.41) over that span.

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

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