Express Scripts, Inc. Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Express Scripts, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESRX) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Express Scripts is a pharmacy benefit management company, providing services like retail network pharmacy management and patient care contact centers to its clients in North America.

Express Scripts, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 78 cents per share, a rise of 20% 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 85 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 84 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $2.99 per share, a rise of 19.6% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company met estimates last quarter after beating the forecasts in the prior two. In the second quarter, the company reported profit of 71 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 71 cents per share. In the first quarter, the company beat estimates by 4 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $11.26 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 0.1% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $45.17 billion for the year, a rise of 0.4% from last year’s revenue of $44.97 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 21 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and four rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 15.3% to $334.2 million (66 cents a share) from $289.9 million (53 cents a share) the year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue rose 0.6% to $11.36 billion from $11.29 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 25.5% in the first quarter and 47.6% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Revenue rose in the second quarter after seeing a drop the quarter before. In the first quarter, revenue fell 0.4%.

Competitors to Watch: Medco Health Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MHS), Magellan Health Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:MGLN), Centene Corporation (NYSE:CNC), AMERIGROUP Corporation (NYSE:AGP), American Dental Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADPI).

Stock Price Performance: During July 26, 2011 to October 19, 2011, the stock price had fallen $16.55 (-29.5%) from $56.18 to $39.63. It saw one of its worst periods between July 7, 2011 and July 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 5.7% (-$3.11) over that span. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 21, 2011 and March 29, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 6.4% (+$3.32) over that span. Shares are down $14.42 (-26.7%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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