Monsanto First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Monsanto (NYSE:MON) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Monsanto manufactures agricultural products.

Monsanto Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for net income of 36 cents per share, a rise of 56.5% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $4.38 per share, a rise of 18.4% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company met estimates last quarter after beating the forecasts in the prior two. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company reported a loss of 44 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net loss of 44 cents per share. In the third quarter of the last fiscal year, the company beat estimates by 4 cents.

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A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company’s loss widened to a loss of a $229 million (42 cents a share) from a loss of $96 million (18 cents) a year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue fell 7.2% to $2.11 billion from $2.27 billion.

Stock Price Performance: Between November 2, 2012 and January 2, 2013, the stock price had risen $10.28 (12%), from $85.87 to $96.15. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 14, 2012 and November 26, 2012, when shares rose for eight straight days, increasing 8.8% (+$7.35) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 1, 2012 and May 7, 2012 when shares fell for five straight days, dropping 4.6% (-$3.50) over that span.

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 8.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.64 billion.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is looking to rebound after a revenue drop last quarter. Revenue rose 17.5% 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.

Analyst Ratings: With 11 analysts rating the stock a buy, one rating it a sell and five rating the stock a hold, there are indications of a bullish stance by analysts.

Balance Sheet Analysis: The company’s current ratio of assets to liabilities came in at 2.3 last quarter. Having a ratio above 2:1 is usually considered a good indicator of a company’s liquidity and ability to meet creditor demands.

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

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