Lawson Products Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Lawson Products (NASDAQ:LAWS) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, April 25th. Lawson Products, Inc. sells and distributes expendable maintenance, repair, and replacement products to OEM’s. The Company’s products include fasteners, screws, nuts rivets, hoses and related fittings, lubricants, cleansers, adhesives, files, drills, welding products and other shop supplies. Lawson also supplies automotive electrical wiring, exhaust and other automotive parts.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Lawson Products Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $-0.09 per share on revenues of $74.40 million.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a neutral outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings is a profit of $0.04 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $0.83, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Lawson Products has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 376.57 301.77 316.78 314.96 290.49
Diluted EPS ($) -3.24 -0.32 0.81 -0.54 -7.28

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 ($) in millions 72.86 75.96 74.35 71.98 68.19
Diluted EPS ($) -0.64 -0.21 -7.12 -0.15 0.20

Past Performance:
Lawson Products has missed analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a bust if the company misses estimates.

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