Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P (NYSE:KMP) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is a pipeline transportation and energy storage company in North America, which owns and manages a portfolio of energy transportation and storage assets.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 61 cents per share, a rise of 32.6% 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 67 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from 59 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 21.8% versus last year to $1.79.

Past Earnings Performance: The company showed net income of 44 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of last quarter. This marks the fourth month of falling short of estimates.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 23.3% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.38 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Kinder Morgan Energy Partners L.P with 10 of 12 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 33.1% to $214.5 million (-25 cents a share) from $320.8 million (17 cents a share) the year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Revenue rose 6.6% to $2.2 billion from $2.06 billion.

Key Stats:.

The company has seen net income fall in each of the last two quarters. Net income dropped 36.2% in the second quarter.

The company’s revenue has risen for two straight quarters. In the second quarter, the figure rose 2.9%.

Competitors to Watch: Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE:KMI), Copano Energy, L.L.C. (NASDAQ:CPNO), Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE:EPD), MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MWE), El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. (NYSE:EPB), El Paso Corporation (NYSE:EP), Enterprise GP Hldgs. L.P. (EPE), Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (NYSE:ETP), Duncan Energy Partners L.P. (NYSE:DEP), and Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE:MMP).

Stock Price Performance: During October 17, 2011 to January 12, 2012, the stock price had risen $8.65 (11.7%) from $74.02 to $82.67. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 10, 2011 and October 20, 2011 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 9.4% (+$6.50) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 3.3% (-$2.41) over that span.

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

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