LHC Group Earnings: What Investors Should Watch

Lhc Group (NASDAQ:LHCG) will report earnings after markets close on Wednesday, May 8th. LHC Group Inc. provides post-acute healthcare services primarily to Medicare beneficiaries in rural markets in the southern United States. The company provides home-based services through home nursing agencies and hospices and facility-based services through long-term acute care hospitals and outpatient rehabilitation clinics.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Lhc Group Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.33 per share on revenues of $164.68 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 13.63.

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 $0.36 to a profit $0.28. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $1.25, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Lhc Group has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 382.59 531.98 631.57 633.87 637.57
Diluted EPS ($) 1.69 2.43 2.68 -0.73 1.53

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 ($) in millions 157.68 158.76 158.06 158.93 161.83
Diluted EPS ($) 0.3952 0.42 0.32 0.36 0.4324

Past Performance:
Lhc Group has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)