Sherwin-Williams Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, July 18th. The Sherwin-Williams Company manufactures, distributes, and sells paints, coatings, and related products. The Company’s products are sold to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers primarily in North and South America. Sherwin Williams also has additional operations in the Caribbean region, Europe and Asia.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Sherwin-williams Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $2.59 per share on revenues of $2.79 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 30.23.

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 $2.71 to a profit $2.82. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $8.1, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Sherwin-williams has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 7,980 7,094 7,776 8,766 9,534
Diluted EPS ($) 4.00 3.78 4.21 4.18 6.49

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 ($) in millions 2,573.02 2,603.23 2,221.87 2,167.17
Diluted EPS ($) 2.17 2.24 1.12 1.11

Past Performance:
Sherwin-williams 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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