StanCorp Financial Group Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:SFG) will unveil its latest earnings tomorrow, Tuesday, January 29, 2013. StanCorp Financial Group is a holding company and conducts business through wholly-owned operating subsidiaries throughout the United States.

StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for profit of 83 cents per share, a decline of 4.6% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 81 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has risen from 82 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $3.19 per share, no change from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company beat estimates last quarter after falling short in the prior two. In the third quarter, the company reported profit of $1.05 per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 69 cents per share. In the second quarter, the company missed estimates by 5 cents.

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A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 5.5% to $44.9 million ($1.01 a share) from $47.5 million ($1.07 a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue fell 1.3% to $713.7 million from $723.3 million.

Here’s how StanCorp Financial Group traded following its last earnings report 3 months ago and leading up to its upcoming earnings report this week:

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Analyst Ratings: There are mostly holds on the stock with six of nine analysts surveyed giving that rating.

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a decline of 1% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $720.6 million.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is looking to get back on the right track after last quarter’s drop snapped a string of revenue increases. Revenue rose 2.5% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, 3.3% in the first quarter and 2.7%in the second quarter before dropping in the third quarter.

The company is looking to get back on track with this earnings announcement after a profit drop last quarter snapped a positive string of results. Net income rose 4.5% in the first quarter and 6.4% in the second quarter before dropping in the third quarter.

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