Masco Corp First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Masco Corp (NYSE:MAS) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, April 30, 2012. Masco manufactures and installs building and home improvement products including faucets, cabinets, architectural coatings, and windows.

Masco Corp Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for the company to break even after the company reported a loss of 5 cents per share in the year-earlier quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from one cent. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at breaking even during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 1000% versus last year to 22 cents.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company fell short of estimates by 0 cents, coming in at net loss of 9 cents per share against a mean estimate of a loss of 3 cents. The company fell in line with expectations in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 3.4% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.83 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Masco with eight of 12 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company’s loss narrowed to a loss of $573 million ($1.65 a share) from a loss of $1.03 billion ($2.97) a year earlier, but missed analyst expectations. Revenue fell 3.9% to $1.67 billion from $1.74 billion.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is looking to rebound after a revenue drop last quarter. Revenue rose 2.5% 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 26, 2012 and April 24, 2012, the stock price dropped $1.46 (-10.7%), from $13.70 to $12.24. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 19, 2011 and October 27, 2011, when shares rose for seven straight days, increasing 18.4% (+$1.57) 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 12.2% (-$1.68) over that span.

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

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