MeadWestvaco Corp. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component MeadWestvaco Corp. (NYSE:MWV) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. MeadWestvaco provides packaging solutions to clients in the healthcare, personal and beauty care, food, beverage, tobacco, media and entertainment, and home and garden industries.

MeadWestvaco Corp. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 32 cents per share, a decline of 22% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 40 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 35 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 29.9% versus last year to $2.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company topped estimates by 0 cents, coming in at profit of 70 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 65 cents. The company fell in line with estimates in the second quarter.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $1.48 billion in revenue this quarter, a decline of 1.3% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $6.04 billion for the year, a rise of 6.2% from last year’s revenue of $5.69 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with nine analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and one rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, the company swung to a profit of $117 million (67 cents a share) from a loss of $15 million (9 cents) a year earlier, beating analyst estimates. Revenue rose 5.1% to $1.64 billion from $1.56 billion.

Key Stats:

The company’s revenue has risen for two straight quarters. In the second quarter, the figure rose 0.3%.

Competitors to Watch: Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (NYSE:SSCC), Rock-Tenn Company (NYSE:RKT), Packaging Corp. of America (NYSE:PKG), MOD-PAC CORP. (NASDAQ:MPAC), Graphic Packaging Holding Co. (NYSE:GPK), International Paper Co. (NYSE:IP), KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp. (NYSE:KS), Clearwater Paper Corp (NYSE:CLW), Temple-Inland, Inc. (NYSE:TIN), and Celulose Irani SA (RANI3).

Stock Price Performance: During October 21, 2011 to January 19, 2012, the stock price had risen $4.70 (17.3%) from $27.20 to $31.90. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 6, 2012 and January 17, 2012 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 7.8% (+$2.31) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 11.4% (-$3.75) over that span.

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

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