StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:SFG) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, October 24, 2011. 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 estimate of analysts is for net income of 66 cents per share, a decline of 52.5% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from $1.11. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 69 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 41.3% versus last year to $2.76.

Past Earnings Performance: The company fell short of estimates last quarter after being in line with forecasts the quarter prior. In the second quarter, it reported profit of 61 cents per share versus a mean estimate of $1.02. Two quarters ago, it reported net income of 76 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $721.9 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 5.4% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $2.87 billion for the year, a rise of 3.6% from last year’s revenue of $2.77 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about StanCorp Financial Group with six of seven analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit fell 54.3% to $18.8 million (42 cents a share) from $41.1 million (87 cents a share) the year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Revenue rose 2.1% to $706 million from $691.2 million.

Key Stats:

Revenue has gone up for three straight quarters. It rose 5.7% in the first quarter from the year earlier and 3.1% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET), CNO Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CNO), Protective Life Corp. (NYSE:PL), Independence Holding Co. (NYSE:IHC), Kansas City Life Insurance Co (NASDAQ:KCLI), Lincoln National Corp. (NYSE:LNC), Presidential Life Corp (NASDAQ:PLFE), Delphi Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:DFG), American International Group (NYSE:AIG), Torchmark Corporation (NYSE:TMK), and Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU).

Stock Price Performance: During July 25, 2011 to October 18, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.96 (-14.1%) from $35.14 to $30.18. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 6, 2010 and December 14, 2010 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 6.3% (+$2.73) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 6.8% (-$2.92) over that span. Shares are down $14.96 (-33.1%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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