Stanley Black & Decker Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Stanley Black & Decker supplies tools and engineered solutions for professional, industrial, construction, and do-it-yourself use, as well as security solutions for industrial and commercial applications.

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.28 per share, a rise of 21.9% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 25.5% versus last year to $5.17.

Last quarter, the company came in at profit of $1.34 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $1.32 per share, beating estimates after missing them in the previous quarter. In the second quarter, it missed forecasts by 9 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 15.8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.79 billion.

Analyst Ratings: seven out of nine analysts surveyed (77.8%) have a buy rating on Stanley Black & Decker.. This is below the mean analyst rating of four competitors, which average 100% buy ratings.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 25.5% to $154.6 million (92 cents a share) from $123.2 million (73 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 11.3% to $2.64 billion from $2.37 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 64.9%, with the biggest boost coming in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year when revenue rose more than twofold from the year earlier quarter.

Competitors to Watch: P & F Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFIN), Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE:SNA), Home Depot (NYSE:HD) and Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW).

Stock Price Performance: During October 21, 2011 to January 19, 2012, the stock price had risen $9.32 (15.1%) from $61.86 to $71.18. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 7, 2011 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 8.7% (+$5.98) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between September 15, 2011 and September 22, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 16.1% (-$9.13) over that span.

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

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