Newell Rubbermaid Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Preview

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Newell Rubbermaid, Inc. (NYSE:NWL) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, January 27, 2012. Newell Rubbermaid markets consumer and commercial products, including housewares, hardware, and home furnishings.

Newell Rubbermaid, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 38 cents per share, a rise of 11.8% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. 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 net income of $1.57 per share, a rise of 3.3% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 3 cents, coming in at profit of 45 cents a share versus the estimate of net income of 42 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $1.5 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 2% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $5.87 billion for the year, a rise of 1.9% from last year’s revenue of $5.76 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with nine analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and three rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, the company swung to a loss of $177.6 million (61 cents a share) from a profit of $28.3 million (9 cents) a year earlier, but beat analyst expectations. Revenue rose 4.2% to $1.55 billion from $1.49 billion.

Key Stats:

Newell Rubbermaid’s loss in the latest quarter followed profits in the previous three quarters. The company reported a profit of $146.7 million in the second quarter, a profit of $75.7 million in the first and a profit of $75.7 million in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

The company’s revenue has risen for two straight quarters. In the second quarter, the figure rose 5.1%.

Competitors to Watch: Jarden Corporation (NYSE:JAH), The Female Health Company (NASDAQ:FHCO), The Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG), Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE:FO), Carlisle Companies, Inc. (NYSE:CSL), Katy Industries, Inc. (KATY), The Clorox Company (NYSE:CLX), and Condomi AG (NYSE:CAG).

Stock Price Performance: During October 25, 2011 to January 23, 2012, the stock price had risen $4.05 (30.8%) from $13.14 to $17.19. 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, rising 7.9% (+$1.28) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 14, 2011 and November 25, 2011 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 12.2% (-$1.96) over that span.

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

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