Helen of Troy Limited Second Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Helen of Troy Limited (NASDAQ:HELE) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, October 6, 2011. Helen of Troy 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 profit of 86 cents per share, a rise of 14.7% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 90 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 88 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 10.6% versus last year to $3.34.

Past Earnings Performance: The company missed estimates last quarter after beating forecasts in the prior two. In the first quarter, the company reported net income of 78 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 79 cents per share. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company beat estimates by 17 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $288.8 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 65.2% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.18 billion for the year, a rise of 51.9% from last year’s revenue of $777 million.

Key Stats:

The company has now seen net income rise in three straight quarters. In the first quarter, net income rose 33.8% while it rose 46.3% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year and 9.4% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue increased 69.5% to $271.5 million in first quarter. The figure rose 55.8% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year earlier, climbed 8.2% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 7.8% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year.

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Stock Price Performance: During July 7, 2011 to September 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $11.46 (-31.3%) from $36.58 to $25.12. 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 October 20, 2010 and October 28, 2010 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 5.4% (-$1.44) over that span. Shares are down $4.62 (-15.5%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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