Rockwell Collins Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE:COL) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, October 28, 2011. Rockwell Collins designs and produces communications and aviation electronics for commercial and military customers across the globe.

Rockwell Collins, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.13 per share, a rise of 20.2% 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 15.1% versus last year to $4.05.

Past Earnings Performance: The company fell short of estimates last quarter after being in line with forecasts the quarter prior. In the third quarter, it reported profit of $1.01 per share versus a mean estimate of $1.04. Two quarters ago, it reported net income of 96 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $1.31 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 2.3% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $4.84 billion for the year, a rise of 3.9% from last year’s revenue of $4.66 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 11 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and six rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 11.3% to $158 million ($1.01 a share) from $142 million (89 cents a share) the year earlier, but fell short analyst expectations. Revenue fell 2% to $1.19 billion from $1.21 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 1.4% in the second quarter and 24.8% in the first quarter.

A year-over-year revenue decrease in the third quarter snapped a streak of three consecutive quarters of revenue increases. Revenue rose 7.1%in the second quarter, 8.1% in the first quarter and 7.7% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA), Honeywell Intl. Inc. (NYSE:HON), BAE Systems PLC (BAESY), General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE:GD), Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:ESLT), L-3 Communications Hldgs., Inc. (NYSE:LLL), Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC), Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN), LMI Aerospace, Inc. (NASDAQ:LMIA), and Innovative Solutions & Support Inc (NASDAQ:ISSC).

Stock Price Performance: During August 26, 2011 to October 24, 2011, the stock price had risen $8.30 (17.5%) from $47.48 to $55.78. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 28, 2011 and February 10, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 5.7% (+$3.59) 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 7.4% (-$4.63) over that span. Shares are down $1.74 (-3%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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