Graphic Packaging Holding Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Graphic Packaging Holding (NYSE:GPK) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, April 25th. Graphic Packaging Holding Company is an integrated provider of paperboard and integrated paperboard packaging solutions to multinational beverage and consumer products companies. The Company manufactures folding cartons for frozen and non-frozen food and beverage products.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Graphic Packaging Holding Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.08 per share on revenues of $1.13 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 23.74.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.13 to a profit $0.14. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $0.48, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Graphic Packaging Holding has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 4,079 4,096 4,095 4,206 4,337
Diluted EPS ($) -0.32 0.16 0.03 0.73 0.31

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 ($) in millions 1,052 1,067 1,112 1,105 1,053
Diluted EPS ($) 0.69 0.04 0.11 0.10 0.06

Past Performance:
Graphic Packaging Holding has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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