Kraton Performance Polymers Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Finally End?

Kraton Performance Polymers (NYSE:KRA) will report earnings after markets close on Wednesday, May 1st. Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. produces engineered polymers and styrenic block copolymers. The polymers are used in adhesives; coatings: consumer and personal care products; sealants and lubricants; and medical, packaging, automotive, paving, roofing and footwear products.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Kraton Performance Polymers Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.28 per share on revenues of $363.22 million.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $0.86 to a profit $0.69. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $1.97, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Kraton Performance Polymers has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1,226 968.00 1,228 1,437 1,423
Diluted EPS ($) 1.46 -0.01 3.07 2.81 -0.50

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 304.23 408.31 375.76 342.64 296.42
Diluted EPS ($) -0.6591 0.50 0.38 -0.48 -0.9211

Past Performance:
Kraton Performance Polymers has missed analyst estimates 4 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a bust if the company misses estimates.

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