Pepco Holdings, Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:POM) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, May 4, 2012. Pepco Holdings is an energy company that delivers electricity and natural gas and generates and supplies energy.

Pepco Holdings, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 25 cents per share, a decline of 7.4% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 28 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 27 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 0% compared to last year’s $1.25.

Past Earnings Performance: The company is looking to break the streak of missing estimates in the past two quarters. Last quarter, it fell short of analyst expectations by reporting net income of 15 cents per share against an estimate of profit of 18 cents per share. The quarter before that, it missed forecasts by 6 cents.

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Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Pepco Holdings with nine of 10 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit fell 42.4% to $19 million (9 cents a share) from $33 million (14 cents a share) the year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Revenue fell 18.7% to $1.23 billion from $1.52 billion.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is hoping to use this earnings announcement to snap a string of four-straight quarters of revenue decreases. Revenue fell 30.7% in the first quarter of the last fiscal year, 13.9% in second quarter of the last fiscal year and 20.5% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year and then fell again in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year of the last fiscal year.

Stock Price Performance: Between February 2, 2012 and April 30, 2012, the stock price fell 65 cents (-3.3%), from $19.57 to $18.92. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 19, 2011 and December 27, 2011, when shares rose for six straight days, increasing 6.3% (+$1.20) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between February 17, 2012 and February 29, 2012 when shares fell for eight straight days, dropping 3.5% (-69 cents) over that span.

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

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