Reynolds American Earnings: Everything You Must Know Now

Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE:RAI) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations, BUT came up short on beating the revenue expectation. The revenue miss is a negative sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company.

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Reynolds American Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased 14.29% to $0.72 in the quarter versus EPS of $0.63 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Decreased 2.59% to $1.88 billion from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Reynolds American Inc. reported adjusted EPS income of $0.72 per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $0.69. It missed the average revenue estimate of $1.92 billion.

Quoting Management: “The first quarter reflected strong growth in RAI’s earnings and margins, and I’m particularly pleased to report that our operating companies’ four key brands performed extremely well in the competitive marketplace,” said Daniel M. Delen, president and chief executive officer.

Key Stats (on next page)…

Revenue decreased 9.38% from $2.08 billion in the previous quarter. EPS decreased 5.26% from $0.76 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: 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 $0.81 to a profit $0.83. For the current year, the average estimate has moved up from a profit of $3.12 to a profit of $3.20 over the last ninety days.

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