PepsiCo Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, February 9, 2012. PepsiCo is a global company that manufactures a variety of salty, convenient, sweet and grain-based snacks, carbonated and non-carbonated beverages, and foods.

PepsiCo, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.13 per share, a rise of 7.6% 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. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 6.3% versus last year to $4.39.

Past Earnings Performance: The company topped forecasts last quarter after being in line with estimates the quarter prior. In the third quarter, it reported net income of $1.31 per share versus a mean estimate of $1.29. Two quarters ago, it reported profit of $1.21 per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $19.92 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 9.7% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $66.32 billion for the year, a rise of 14.7% from last year’s revenue of $57.84 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with nine analysts rating it as a buy, one rating it as a sell and five rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 4.1% to $2 billion ($1.25 a share) from $1.92 billion ($1.19 a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 13.3% to $17.58 billion from $15.51 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 22.7%, with the biggest boost coming in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year when revenue rose 36.5% from the year earlier quarter.

The company has seen net income rise in two straight quarters. In the second quarter, profit rose 17.6%.

Stock Price Performance: During November 7, 2011 to February 3, 2012, the stock price had risen $4.67 (7.5%) from $61.99 to $66.66. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 23, 2011 and December 7, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 4.9% (+$3.01) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 7, 2011 and July 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 3.6% (-$2.48) over that span.

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

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