Headwaters, Inc. Quarterly Earnings Sneak Peek

Headwaters, Inc. (NYSE:HW) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. Headwaters provides products, technologies and services in three industries: light building products, heavy construction materials and energy technology.

Headwaters, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 5 cents per share, a swing from a loss of 5 cents in the year earlier quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 8 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 6 cents during the last month.

Past Earnings Performance: The company enters this earnings report having missed estimates the last four quarters. Last quarter, the company fell short of expectations by 9 cents, reporting net loss of of 10 cents per share against a mean estimate of a loss of one cent per share.

Investing Insights: Here’s Why Chipotle’s Stock Keeps Winning. Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a decline of 1.8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $191.2 million. Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on Headwaters as two analysts rate it as a buy, none rate it as a sell and two rate it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, the company’s loss widened to a loss of a $156.2 million ($2.58 a share) from a loss of $13 million (22 cents) a year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Revenue fell 0.8% to $127.1 million from $128.2 million.

Key Stats: A year-over-year revenue decrease in the second quarter snapped a streak of two consecutive quarters of revenue increases. Revenue rose 10.8% in the first quarter and 3.8% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: PGT, Inc. (NASDAQ:PGTI), NCI Building Systems, Inc. (NYSE:NCS), Apogee Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:APOG), Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE:AWI), Owens Corning (NYSE:OC), Titon Holdings plc (TON), Griffon Corporation (NYSE:GFF), Patrick Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:PATK), and Nam Lee Pressed Metal Industries Ltd. (G0I).

Stock Price Performance: During August 2, 2011 to October 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen 73 cents (-30.4%) from $2.40 to $1.67. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 31, 2010 and January 10, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 18.1% (+83 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 13, 2011 when shares fell for 10-straight days, falling 20.5% (-75 cents) over that span. Shares are down $2.91 (-63.5%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

Investing Insights: Here’s Why Chipotle’s Stock Keeps Winning.