Pepco Holdings Inc. Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:POM) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, November 4, 2011. 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 net income of 41 cents per share, a decline of 21.2% 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 45 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has risen from 39 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 0% versus last year to $1.24.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 11 cents, reporting profit of 42 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 31 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $2 billion in revenue this quarter, a decline of 3.4% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $6.48 billion for the year, a decline of 8% from last year’s revenue of $7.04 billion.

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

A Look Back: In the second quarter, the company swung to a profit of $94 million (42 cents a share) from a loss of $54 million (24 cents) a year earlier, beating analyst estimates. Revenue fell 13.9% to $1.41 billion from $1.64 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has fallen in the past four quarters. Revenue declined 30.7% in the first quarter from the year earlier, dropped 28.9% in fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 18.6% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (NYSE:PEG), NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NEE), FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE), Northeast Utilities System (NYSE:NU), Constellation Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE:CEG), DPL Inc. (NYSE:DPL), The Southern Company (NYSE:SO), Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED), Exelon Corporation (NYSE:EXC), and Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK).

Stock Price Performance: During August 5, 2011 to October 31, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.92 (10.7%) from $17.88 to $19.80. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 19, 2011 and May 3, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 7.9% (+$1.39) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 4.7% (-90 cents) over that span. Shares are up $2.31 (+13.2%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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