Humana, Inc. Quarterly Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Humana, Inc. (NYSE:HUM) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, August 1, 2011. Humana Inc. is a managed health care company that offers health and supplemental benefit products. Aetna, Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet: Beats Wall Street Expectations>>

Humana, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $2.07 per share, a decline of 1.9% 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 $1.89. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up, and has risen from $2.06 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $7.08 per share, a decline of 1.4% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 10 cents, reporting net income of $1.55 per share against a mean estimate of profit of $1.45 per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $9.32 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 7.7% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $36.67 billion for the year, a rise of 8.3% from last year’s revenue of $33.87 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 17 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and 12 rating it as a hold.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue increased 8.9% to $9.19 billion in first quarter. The figure rose 9.4% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year earlier, climbed 9.2% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 9.5% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year.

The increase in profit in the first quarter comes after net income fell in the previous quarter. In the first quarter, net income rose 21.8% to $315.2 million. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, net income fell 57.2%.

Competitors to Watch: CIGNA Corporation (NYSE:CI), WellPoint, Inc. (NYSE:WLP), UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE:UNH), Universal American Corp. (NYSE:UAM), HealthSpring, Inc (NYSE:HS), Aetna Inc. (NYSE:AET), Molina Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:MOH), Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT), Triple-S Management Corp. (NYSE:GTS), and WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE:WCG).

Stock Price Performance: During April 29, 2011 to July 26, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.22 (4.2%) from $75.88 to $79.10. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 6, 2010 and October 18, 2010 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 11.8% (+$5.82) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between December 22, 2010 and December 30, 2010 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 2.3% (-$1.26) over that span. Shares are up $24.53 (+45%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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