Marsh & McLennan Companies Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE:MMC) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, May 2nd. Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. is a global professional services firm providing advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and human capital. Marsh & McLennan offers analysis, advice, and transactional capabilities to clients worldwide

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Marsh & Mclennan Companies Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.69 per share on revenues of $3.18 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 17.68.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $0.68 to a profit $0.67. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $2.4, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Marsh & Mclennan Companies has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 10,730 9,831 10,550 11,530 11,920
Diluted EPS ($) -0.14 0.42 1.55 1.79 2.13

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 ($) in millions 2,908 3,051 3,026 2,845 3,002
Diluted EPS ($) 0.4672 0.63 0.59 0.44 0.4692

Past Performance:
Marsh & Mclennan Companies has beat analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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