Monsanto Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Monsanto (NYSE:MON) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Monsanto manufactures agricultural products.

Monsanto Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for a loss of 44 cents per share, a wider loss from the year-earlier quarter net loss of 22 cents. 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. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 25.3% compared to last year’s $3.71.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 4 cents, reporting profit of $1.63 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $1.59 per share.

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A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 37.8% to $937 million ($1.74 a share) from $680 million ($1.26 a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 17.5% to $4.22 billion from $3.59 billion.

Stock Price Performance: Between July 3, 2012 and September 27, 2012, the stock price rose $7.78 (9.3%), from $83.58 to $91.36. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 30, 2011 and January 12, 2012, when shares rose for nine straight days, increasing 14.6% (+$10.20) 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.

Balance Sheet Analysis: The company’s current ratio of assets to liabilities came in at 2.28 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.

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

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict no change in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.25 billion.

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

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