Louisiana-Pacific Corp Second Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Louisiana-Pacific Corp (NASDAQ:LPX) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, July 29, 2011. Louisiana-Pacific Corp. 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

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net loss of 16 cents per share, a swing from profit of 17 cents in the year earlier quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 4 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down and dropped from a loss of 13 cents during the last month.

Past Earnings Performance: The company missed estimates last quarter after beating forecasts in the prior two. In the first quarter, the company reported a loss of 15 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net loss of 11 cents per share. In fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company beat estimates by 4 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $356.2 million in revenue this quarter, a decline of 20.3% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.37 billion for the year, a decline of 0.7% from last year’s revenue of $1.38 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Louisiana-Pacific with eight of 13 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue increased 11.8% to $331.7 million in first quarter. The figure rose 15.4% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year earlier, climbed 4.4% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 68% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: Universal Forest Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:UFPI), Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE:WY), Masonite (Africa) Limited (NYSE:MAS), and Pfleiderer Grajewo SA (GRJ).

Stock Price Performance: During April 28, 2011 to July 25, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.18 (-12.8%) from $9.24 to $8.06. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 15, 2011 and June 24, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 10.4% (+77 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 12.2% (-$1.02) over that span. Shares are down $1.40 (-14.8%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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