StanCorp Financial Group Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

StanCorp Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:SFG) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, October 22, 2012. 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 69 cents per share, a decline of 28.1% 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 89 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 71 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $2.72 per share, a decline of 14.7% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has missed estimates in the last two quarters. In the second quarter, it missed the mark by 5 cents as a result of reporting net income of 51 cents against an estimate of profit of 56 cents per share. In the first quarter, the company fell short of forecasts by 5 cents.

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Stock Price Performance: Between August 20, 2012 and October 16, 2012, the stock price had risen $2.66 (8.7%), from $30.58 to $33.24. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 25, 2012 and July 5, 2012, when shares rose for eight straight days, increasing 11.5% (+$3.94) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 13, 2012 and July 25, 2012 when shares fell for nine straight days, dropping 19.9% (-$7.45) over that span.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 6.4% to $20 million (45 cents a share) from $18.8 million (42 cents a share) the year earlier, but fell short analyst expectations. Revenue rose 2.7% to $725.3 million from $706 million.

Analyst Ratings: With three analysts rating the stock a sell, one rating it as a buy and four rating it as a hold, there are indications of a bearish outlook.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is looking to build on four-straight revenue increases heading into this earnings announcement. Revenue rose 5.6% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year, 2.5% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year and 3.3% in the first quarter before increasing again in the second quarter.

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $722.8 million in revenue this quarter, a decline of 0.1% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $2.91 billion for the year, a rise of 1.4% from last year’s revenue of $2.87 billion.

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

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