Metabolix Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Metabolix (NASDAQ:MBLX) will report earnings after markets close on Wednesday, May 8th. Metabolix, Inc. produces biobased, biodegradable, natural plastics and chemicals.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Metabolix Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $-0.22 per share on revenues of $1.43 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 17.45.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a neutral outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings is a loss of $0.21 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate is a loss of $0.81, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

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

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1.56 1.43 0.45 1.43 42.32
Diluted EPS ($) -1.58 -1.62 -1.45 -1.24 0.11

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 ($) in millions 0.44 39.32 0.92 0.67 1.40
Diluted EPS ($) -0.2813 0.84 -0.23 -0.23 -0.2774

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

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