Limited Brands Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Limited Brands Inc. (NYSE:LTD) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Limited Brands is a specialty retailer of women’s apparel, beauty, and personal care products and accessories operating under various trade names.

Limited Brands Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.46 per share, a rise of 15.9% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from $1.41. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from $1.45 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 24.3% compared to last year’s $2.56.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by one cent, coming in at net income of 25 cents a share versus the estimate of profit of 24 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 0.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $3.48 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock, with 11 analysts rating it as a buy, one rating it as a sell and seven rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 54.1% to $94 million (31 cents a share) from $61 million (18 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 9.6% to $2.17 billion from $1.98 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 29.8% in the second quarter and 46% in the first quarter.

Revenue has gone up in the past four quarters. Revenue rose 9.6% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 14.8% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 12.8% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between December 19, 2011 and February 16, 2012, the stock price had risen $8.24 (21.9%), from $37.70 to $45.94. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 30, 2012 and February 9, 2012, when shares rose for nine straight days, increasing 9.9% (+$4.07) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between December 7, 2011 and December 19, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight days, dropping 14.3% (-$6.31) over that span.

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

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