Ford Motor Company Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, January 27, 2012. Ford is an automaker that sells its cars and trucks throughout the world.

Ford Motor Company Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 27 cents per share, a decline of 10% 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 33 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 27 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 6.1% versus last year to $1.84.

Past Earnings Performance: The company’s quarterly results have come in above estimates for the last three quarters. Last quarter, the company booked net income of 46 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 44 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $32.35 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 6.8% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $128.2 billion for the year, a rise of 15.3% from last year’s revenue of $111.2 billion.

Analyst Ratings: 10 out of 14 analysts surveyed (71.4%) have a buy rating on Ford Motor Company.. This is below the mean analyst rating of 10 competitors, which average 71.7% buy ratings.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 2.3% to $1.65 billion (41 cents a share) from $1.69 billion (43 cents a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue rose 10.6% to $33.05 billion from $29.89 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income fall in each of the last two quarters. Net income dropped 7.7% in the second quarter.

Revenue has gone up for three straight quarters. It rose 1.3% in the second quarter from the year earlier and 4.9% in the first quarter.

Competitors to Watch: General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE:TM), HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD. (NYSE:HMC), Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), Navistar Intl. Corp. (NYSE:NAV) and Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPAR).

Stock Price Performance: During November 22, 2011 to January 23, 2012, the stock price had risen $2.57 (25.5%) from $10.09 to $12.66. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 28, 2011 and January 9, 2012 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 12.2% (+$1.28) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between April 26, 2011 and May 5, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 3.7% (-58 cents) over that span.

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

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