Lincoln National Corp Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Lincoln National Corp (NYSE:LNC) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Lincoln National offers a range of wealth protection, accumulation, and retirement income products and solutions through its multiple insurance and investment management businesses.

Lincoln National Corp Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1 per share, a rise of 22% 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 91 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from 98 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $4.18 per share, a rise of 33.5% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company reported net income of $1 per share versus a mean estimate of profit of. The company has beaten estimates for the past three quarters.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $2.77 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 4.1% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $11.07 billion for the year, a rise of 6.3% from last year’s revenue of $10.41 billion.

Analyst Ratings: 10 out of 17 analysts surveyed (58.8%) have a buy rating on Lincoln National.. This is below the mean analyst rating of 10 competitors, which average 67.9% buy ratings.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 41.9% to $143 million (44 cents a share) from $246 million (75 cents a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue fell 2.5% to $2.55 billion from $2.61 billion.

Key Stats:

A year-over-year revenue decrease in the third quarter snapped a streak of three consecutive quarters of revenue increases. Revenue rose 7.6%in the second quarter, 7.4% in the first quarter and 11% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

The decrease in profit in the third quarter broke a streak of three consecutive quarters of year-over-year profit increases. Net income rose 27.5% in the second quarter, 19.8% in the first quarter and 91.2% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: During November 3, 2011 to February 1, 2012, the stock price had risen $2.68 (13.8%) from $19.44 to $22.12. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 13, 2012 and January 24, 2012 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 8.5% (+$1.79) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between September 15, 2011 and September 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 22.7% (-$4.45) over that span.

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

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