Louisiana-Pacific Corp First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Louisiana-Pacific Corp (NYSE:LPX) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, May 7, 2012. Louisiana-Pacific is engaged in the manufacture of building products. It operates in three segments: Oriented Strand Board, Siding, and Engineered Wood Products.

Louisiana-Pacific Corp Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from a loss of 16 cents during the last month.

Past Earnings Performance: The company enters this earnings report having missed estimates the last four quarters. Last quarter, the company fell short of expectations by 13 cents, reporting a loss of of 33 cents per share against a mean estimate of net loss of 20 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 5.3% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $349.4 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are generally pessimistic about Louisiana-Pacific, as five analysts rate it as a sell, one rates it as a buy and six rate it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company’s loss widened to a loss of a $57.2 million (42 cents a share) from a loss of $6.8 million (5 cents) a year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Revenue fell 1.6% to $312.2 million from $317.4 million.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is looking to rebound after a revenue drop last quarter. Revenue rose 8.7% in the the third quarter of the last fiscal year after dropping in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between March 5, 2012 and May 1, 2012, the stock price had risen 96 cents (11.9%), from $8.10 to $9.06. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 9, 2011 and November 18, 2011, when shares rose for eight straight days, increasing 12.1% (+78 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between March 27, 2012 and April 10, 2012 when shares fell for 10 straight days, dropping 18.5% (-$1.84) over that span.

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

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