Dr Pepper Snapple Group Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. 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 70 cents per share, a rise of 16.7% 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 73 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 70 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $2.74 per share, a rise of 14.2% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company saw profit of 77 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 77 cents per share. This comes after two consecutive quarters of exceeding expectations.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $1.53 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 4.8% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $5.91 billion for the year, a rise of 4.8% 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 second quarter, profit fell 6% to $172 million (77 cents a share) from $183 million (74 cents a share) the year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue rose 4.1% to $1.58 billion from $1.52 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 6.7% in the first quarter from the year earlier, climbed 4.1% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 1.6% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

The decrease in profit in the second quarter came after net income rose in the previous quarter. In the first quarter, net income rose 28.1%.

Competitors to Watch: The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO), PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP), Hansen Natural Corporation (NASDAQ:HANS), Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (NYSE:CCE), Cott Corporation (NYSE:COT), Jones Soda Co. (NYSE:USA) (NASDAQ:JSDA), National Beverage Corp. (NASDAQ:FIZZ), Celsius Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CELH), Reed’s, Inc. (NASDAQ:REED), and Heckmann Corporation (NYSE:HEK).

Stock Price Performance: During August 24, 2011 to October 20, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.65 (10.2%) from $35.79 to $39.44. 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, rising 7.3% (+$2.90) 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, falling 8.5% (-$3.44) over that span. Shares are up $5.08 (+14.8%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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