Graftech International Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Continue?

Graftech International (NYSE:GTI) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, April 25th. GrafTech International Ltd. manufactures and provides natural and synthetic graphite and carbon based products and services. The Company offers energy solutions to customers worldwide involved in the manufacture of steel, aluminum, silicon metal, automotive products, and electronics. GrafTech’s products include graphite electrodes, carbon electrodes, and flexible graphite.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Graftech International Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.01 per share on revenues of $277.64 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 8.42.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $0.2 to a profit $0.05. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $0.32, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Graftech International has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1,190 659.04 1,007 1,320 1,248
Diluted EPS ($) 1.74 0.13 1.41 1.05 0.84

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 347.98 240.94 315.61 320.72 371.00
Diluted EPS ($) 0.38 0.12 0.29 0.22 0.21

Past Performance:
Graftech International has beat analyst estimates 4 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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