MeadWestvaco Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

MeadWestvaco (NYSE:MWV) will report earnings before markets open on Tuesday, April 30th. MeadWestvaco Corporation is a global packaging company that provides packaging solutions to the healthcare, personal and beauty care, food, beverage, tobacco, media and entertainment, and home and garden industries. The Company’s other operations serve the consumer and office products, specialty chemicals, forestry and real estate markets.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Meadwestvaco Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.24 per share on revenues of $1.36 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 30.22.

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 $0.51 to a profit $0.5. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $1.64, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Meadwestvaco has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 6,637 5,406 4,946 5,318 5,459
Diluted EPS ($) 0.52 1.30 0.62 1.42 1.16

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 ($) in millions 1,282 1,420 1,423 1,395 1,328
Diluted EPS ($) -0.1462 0.28 0.50 0.28 0.0950

Past Performance:
Meadwestvaco has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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