Lincoln National Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Continue?

Lincoln National (NYSE:LNC) will report earnings after markets close on Wednesday, May 1st. Lincoln National Corporation owns and operates wealth accumulation and protection businesses. The Company sells a wide range of products including institutional and/or retail fixed and indexed annuities, variable annuities, universal life insurance, variable universal life insurance, term life insurance, mutual funds, and managed accounts.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Lincoln National Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $1.10 per share on revenues of $2.95 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 7.30.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $1.11 to a profit $1.13. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $4.55, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Lincoln National has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 9,224 8,499 10,420 10,640 11,530
Diluted EPS ($) 0.22 -1.85 2.30 0.69 4.56

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 ($) in millions 2,568 2,714 2,899 2,954 2,964
Diluted EPS ($) -1.844 0.83 1.10 1.41 1.217

Past Performance:
Lincoln National has beat analyst estimates 4 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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