Sigma-aldrich Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Sigma-aldrich (NASDAQ:SIAL) will report earnings before markets open on Tuesday, July 23rd. Sigma-Aldrich Corporation develops, manufactures, purchases and distributes a broad range of chemicals, biochemicals and equipment. The Company’s chemical products and kits are used in scientific research, including genomic and proteomic, biotechnology, pharmaceutical development and as key components in pharmaceutical, diagnostic and other high technology manufacturing.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Sigma-aldrich Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $1.04 per share on revenues of $678.84 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 21.91.

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 $1.03 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $4.13, which is the same as the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Sigma-aldrich has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 2,201 2,148 2,271 2,505 2,623
Diluted EPS ($) 2.65 2.80 3.12 3.72 3.77

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 ($) in millions 664.00 639.00 655.00 675.00
Diluted EPS ($) 0.94 0.92 0.96 1.01

Past Performance:
Sigma-aldrich has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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