Helen of Troy Limited First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ:HELE) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, July 7, 2011. Helen of Troy, Ltd. is a global designer, developer, importer and distributor of a portfolio of brand-name consumer products. It has two segments: Personal Care and Housewares.

Helen of Troy Limited Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 79 cents per share, a rise of 31.7% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 76 cents. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $3.40 per share, a rise of 12.6% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 17 cents, reporting net income of 81 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 64 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $260.2 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 62.5% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.15 billion for the year, a rise of 48% from last year’s revenue of $777 million.

Analyst Ratings: The stock has a mean recommendation of hold.

Key Stats:

The company has now seen net income rise in three straight quarters. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, net income rose 46.3% while it rose 9.4% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year and 47.5% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year.

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue increased 55.8% to $237.1 million in fourth quarter of the last fiscal year. The figure rose 8.2% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year from the year earlier, climbed 7.8% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 11.3% in the first quarter of the last fiscal year.

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Stock Price Performance: During April 5, 2011 to July 5, 2011, the stock price has risen $5.47 (18%) from $29.65 on April 5, 2011 to $35.12 on July 5, 2011. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 19, 2011, and April 27, 2011, when shares rose for six-straight days, rising 6.4% (+$1.88) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between October 20, 2010, and October 28, 2010, when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 5.4% (-$1.44) over that span. Shares are up $4.79 (+16.1%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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