Inside Peabody Energy’s Upcoming Quarterly Earnings Release

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Peabody Energy Corp (NYSE:BTU) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Peabody Energy mines steam coal for sale mainly to electric utilities and metallurgical coal for sale to industrial customers.

Peabody Energy Corp Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 89 cents per share, a decline of 10.1% 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 $1.24. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 96 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 29.8% versus last year to $3.96.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 7 cents, reporting net income of $1.11 per share against a mean estimate of profit of $1.04 per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 8.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.02 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 14 analysts rating it as a buy, one rating it as a sell and one rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 38.1% to $284.8 million ($1.05 a share) from $206.2 million (76 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 20.9% to $2.01 billion from $1.66 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 32% in the first quarter and more than twofold in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

The company’s revenue has risen for two straight quarters. In the first quarter, the figure rose 15.1%.

Competitors to Watch: Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE:ACI), CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE:CNX), Massey Energy Company (NYSE:MEE), Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:ANR), Patriot Coal Corporation (NYSE:PCX), Intl. Coal Group, Inc. (NYSE:ICO), Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. (NASDAQ:AHGP), Walter Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WLT), Oxford Resource Partners, LP (NYSE:OXF), and James River Coal Company (NASDAQ:JRCC).

Stock Price Performance: During July 26, 2011 to October 19, 2011, the stock price had fallen $21.72 (-36.4%) from $59.61 to $37.89. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 22, 2011 and August 31, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 17.2% (+$7.16) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between September 15, 2011 and September 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 22.4% (-$10.61) over that span. Shares are down $25.82 (-40.5%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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