Rock-Tenn Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Rock-Tenn (NYSE:RKT) will report earnings after markets close on Tuesday, July 23rd. Rock-Tenn Company manufactures packaging, including folding cartons, as well as recycled paperboard, and specialty corrugated packaging and display products. The Company has manufacturing operations throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Rock-tenn Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $1.66 per share on revenues of $2.45 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 13.69.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a neutral outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings is a profit of $2.38 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $6.5, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Rock-tenn has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 2,839 2,812 3,001 5,400 9,208
Diluted EPS ($) 2.14 5.75 5.70 2.77 3.45

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

Quarter Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012 Mar. 31, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 2,303.20 2,353.80 2,287.10 2,324.90
Diluted EPS ($) 0.81 1.14 1.18 4.45

Past Performance:
Rock-tenn has beat analyst estimates 3 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)