Hershey Earnings: Your Sneak Peek to the Big Announcement

Hershey (NYSE:HSY) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, July 25th. The Hershey Company manufactures chocolate and sugar confectionery products. The Company’s principal products include confectionery and snack products; gum and mint refreshment products; and food and beverage enhancers such as baking ingredients, toppings and beverages.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Hershey Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.71 per share on revenues of $1.51 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 29.96.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $1.02 to a profit $1. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $3.65, which is the same as the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Hershey has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 5,133 5,299 5,671 6,081 6,644
Diluted EPS ($) 1.36 1.90 2.21 2.74 2.89

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012 Mar. 31, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 1,414.44 1,746.71 1,751.04 1,827.43
Diluted EPS ($) 0.59 0.77 0.66 1.06

Past Performance:
Hershey has beat analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)