Sempra Energy Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Sempra Energy is an energy services holding company. With its subsidiaries, the company provides electric, natural gas and other energy-rated products and services worldwide. It also focuses on developing energy infrastructure and operating utilities.

Sempra Energy Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.06 per share, a decline of 10.2% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 98 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has dropped from $1.07 during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 10.2% compared to last year’s $4.33.

Last quarter, the company came in at profit of $1.22 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $1.21 per share, beating estimates after missing them in the previous quarter. In the second quarter, it missed forecasts by 3 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 10.3% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.58 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about Sempra Energy with six of nine analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose more than twofold to $297 million ($1.22 a share) from $133 million (53 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 21.7% to $2.58 billion from $2.12 billion.

Key Stats:

The company’s net income rise has increased in each of the last three quarters. Net income rose more than twofold in the second quarter and more than twofold in the first quarter.

The company’s revenue has risen for two straight quarters. In the second quarter, the figure rose 20.6%.

Stock Price Performance: Between November 23, 2011 and February 22, 2012, the stock price rose $7.99 (15.9%), from $50.28 to $58.27. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 12, 2011 and October 21, 2011, when shares rose for eight straight days, increasing 6.3% (+$3.18) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight days, dropping 6.1% (-$3.14) over that span.

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

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