Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:HST) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Host Hotels & Resorts is a self-managed and self-administered hospitality real estate investment trust.

Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 13 cents per share, a rise of 18.2% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 10.9% versus last year to $1.02.

Last quarter, the company came in at net income of 32 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 30 cents per share, beating estimates after missing them in the previous quarter. In the third quarter of the last fiscal year, it missed forecasts by one cent.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 11.8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.01 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Host Hotels & Resorts with 11 of 18 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company swung to a profit of $17 million (3 cents a share) from a loss of $6 million (one cent) a year earlier, beating analyst estimates. Revenue rose 11.3% to $1.67 billion from $1.5 billion.

Key Stats:

With double-digit revenue growth the past four quarters, this earnings release is a chance to keep that positive trend going. The company has averaged year-over-year revenue growth of 13.2% over the last four quarters.

Stock Price Performance: Between February 22, 2012 and April 19, 2012, the stock price had risen 90 cents (5.7%), from $15.70 to $16.60. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 23, 2011 and July 1, 2011, when shares rose for seven straight days, increasing 9.5% (+$1.52) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 28, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight days, dropping 26.5% (-$4.24) over that span.

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

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