Louisiana-Pacific: Here’s What Investors Need to Know Before Earnings

Louisiana-Pacific (NYSE:LPX) will report earnings before markets open on Tuesday, May 7th. Louisiana-Pacific Corporation manufactures building materials and engineered wood products in the United States, Canada, Chile, and Brazil. The Company’s products are used by homebuilders and light commercial builders. Louisiana Pacific’s products include oriented strand board sheathing, flooring, radiant barrier panels, siding and trim, I-joists, and laminated veneer lumber.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Louisiana-pacific Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.45 per share on revenues of $558.30 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 88.63.

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 $0.44 to a profit $0.47. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $1.61, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

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Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Louisiana-pacific has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1,376 1,061 1,384 1,357 1,716
Diluted EPS ($) -5.62 -1.11 -0.30 -1.36 0.20

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 ($) in millions 312.20 361.50 427.80 467.80 458.70
Diluted EPS ($) -0.4218 -0.08 -0.27 0.22 0.2887

Past Performance:
Louisiana-pacific has missed analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a bust if the company misses estimates.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)