Southern Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts
Southern (NYSE:SO) will report earnings before markets open on Wednesday, April 24th. Southern Company is a public utility holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, generates, wholesales, and retails electricity in the southeastern United States. The Company also offers wireless telecommunications services, and provides businesses with two-way radio, telephone, paging, and Internet access services as well as wholesales fiber optic solutions.
Here is your Cheat Sheet to Southern Earnings:
Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.49 per share on revenues of $3.75 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 17.93.
Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $0.72 to a profit $0.71. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $2.76, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.
Here’s how Southern has been performing on an annual basis:
|Revenue ($) in millions||17,130||15,740||17,460||17,660||16,540|
|Diluted EPS ($)||2.25||2.06||2.36||2.55||2.67|
Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:
|Quarter||Dec. 31, 2011||Mar. 31, 2012||Jun. 30, 2012||Sep. 30, 2012||Dec. 31, 2012|
|Revenue ($) in millions||3,696||3,604||4,181||5,049||3,703|
|Diluted EPS ($)||0.30||0.42||0.71||1.11||0.43|
Southern has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.
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