Exelon Corp Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Exelon Corp (NYSE:EXC) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Exelon is a utility services holding company that distributes electricity and natural gas and is a major nuclear operator.

Exelon Corp Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 88 cents per share, a decline of 8.3% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 87 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has dropped from 89 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $4.21 per share, a rise of 6.6% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 3 cents, reporting profit of $1.12 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $1.09 per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $4.8 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 6.7% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $19.25 billion for the year, a rise of 3.1% from last year’s revenue of $18.67 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Exelon with 10 of 15 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 28.9% to $601 million (90 cents a share) from $845 million ($1.27 a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue was unchanged at $5.29 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 4.3% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 13.2% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 9.2% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

The company’s gross margin shrank by 8.6 percentage points in the in the third quarter. Revenue rose 0.1% while cost of sales rose 14.8% to $3.58 billion from a year earlier.

Competitors to Watch: NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE), Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR), El Paso Electric Company (NYSE:EE), Constellation Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE:CEG), PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL), ALLETE, Inc. (NYSE:ALE), FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE), Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE:TEG), and Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE:XEL).

Stock Price Performance: During November 18, 2011 to January 19, 2012, the stock price had fallen $4.18 (-9.6%) from $43.68 to $39.50. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 23, 2011 and July 1, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 4.9% (+$1.98) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between January 9, 2012 and January 17, 2012 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 4.5% (-$1.85) over that span.

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

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