Post Properties Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Continue?

Post Properties (NYSE:PPS) will report earnings after markets close on Monday, April 29th. Post Properties, Inc. develops and operates upscale multi-family apartment communities in the Southeastern and Southwestern United States. The Company operates as a self-administered and self-managed Real Estate Investment Trust whose primary business consists of developing and managing Post brand name apartment communities for its own account.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Post Properties Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.71 per share on revenues of $87.63 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 33.95.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.72 to a profit $0.74. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $2.9, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Post Properties has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 281.94 276.32 285.14 305.32 334.91
Diluted EPS ($) -0.37 -0.24 -0.30 0.38 1.48

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 77.75 80.28 82.16 86.37 86.10
Diluted EPS ($) 0.07 0.39 0.37 0.39 0.33

Past Performance:
Post Properties has beat analyst estimates 4 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)