Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE:HST) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, February 14, 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 net income of 30 cents per share, a rise of 15.4% 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 31 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has since dropped over the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of 88 cents per share, a rise of 29.4% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company fell short of estimates by one cent, coming in at net income of 16 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 17 cents. The company topped expectations in the second quarter.

Investing Insights: Will the iPad 3 Be the Next Catalyst for Apple’s Stock?

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 10.7% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.65 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with nine analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and eight rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, the company’s loss narrowed to a loss of $33 million (5 cents a share) from a loss of $58 million (9 cents) a year earlier, but missed analyst expectations. Revenue rose 13.3% to $1.14 billion from $1 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 13.7%, with the biggest boost coming in the second quarter when revenue rose 17.3% from the year earlier quarter.

Stock Price Performance: During November 10, 2011 to February 8, 2012, the stock price had risen $3.79 (28.5%) from $13.32 to $17.11. 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, rising 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, falling 26.6% (-$4.26) over that span.

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

Don’t Miss These Additional Hot Stories:

Investors Wake Up to the Return of Dividends

Do We Know If the Housing Market Has Hit Bottom?

Should Investors Reconsider Cash and Gold as Safe-Havens?