Monsanto Company Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, October 5, 2011. Monsanto manufactures agricultural products that provide farmers with solutions that improve productivity and reduce costs, including seeds and herbicides.

Monsanto Company Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for a loss of 27 cents per share, a wider loss from the year earlier quarter net loss of 9 cents. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from a loss of 25 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at a loss of 27 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 19.1% versus last year to $2.87.

Past Earnings Performance: The company’s quarterly results have come in above estimates for the last three quarters. Last quarter, the company booked net income of $1.26 per share versus a mean estimate of profit of $1.11 per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a decline of 3.1% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.89 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 11 analysts rating it as a buy, one rating it as a sell and five rating it as a hold. Over the past 90 days, the average rating for the stock has moved up from hold to moderate buy.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue increased 21.2% to $3.59 billion in third quarter. The figure rose 6.1% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 7.8% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 3.9% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: Syngenta AG (NYSE:SYT), The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. (NYSE:SMG), The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC), The Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS), American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD), Potash (NYSE:POT), CF Industries Hldgs., Inc. (NYSE:CF) and Origin Agritech Ltd. (NASDAQ:SEED).

Stock Price Performance: During July 6, 2011 to October 3, 2011, the stock price had fallen $14.08 (-19%) from $74.79 to $60.71. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 15, 2010 and December 30, 2010 when shares rose for 11-straight days, rising 15.2% (+$9.09) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between September 15, 2011 and September 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 9.5% (-$6.71) over that span. Shares are down $8.93 (-12.82%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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