Helen of Troy Limited Second Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ:HELE) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, January 5, 2012. Helen of Troy is a global designer, developer, importer, and distributor of a portfolio of brand-name consumer products.

Helen of Troy Limited Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.02 per share, a rise of 18.6% 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 96 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from $1.01 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 12.9% versus last year to $3.41.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company missed estimates by 12 cents, coming in at net income of 74 cents per share against an estimate of profit of. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company also missed expectations.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 58% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $323.9 million.

Analyst Ratings: The limited number of analysts covering the stock seem relatively indifferent about Helen of Troy with three of three analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the first quarter, profit rose 33.8% to $24.6 million (78 cents a share) from $18.4 million (59 cents a share) the year earlier, but fell short analyst expectations. Revenue rose 69.5% to $271.5 million from $160.2 million.

Key Stats:

Revenue has gone up for three straight quarters. It rose 55.8% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year earlier and 8.2% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: Deer Consumer Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:DEER), Jarden Corporation (NYSE:JAH), Global-Tech Advanced Innovations Inc. (NASDAQ:GAI), The Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG), Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD), Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE:CL), The Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX), Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (NASDAQ:TEVA), CCA Industries, Inc. (AMEX:CAW), and Zep, Inc. (NYSE:ZEP).

Stock Price Performance: During October 5, 2011 to December 30, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.53 (9%) from $28.17 to $30.70. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 7, 2011 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 13% (+$4.20) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 28, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 6.7% (-$2.32) over that span.

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

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