Stewart Information Services Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Stewart Information Services (NYSE:STC) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, April 25th. Stewart Information Services Corporation provides title insurance and related services through locations in the United States and several international markets. The Company meets the needs of real estate and mortgage industries through the electronic delivery of services required for settlement. Stewart’s services include title reports, flood determinations, and credit reports.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Stewart Information Services Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.09 per share on revenues of $460.89 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 5.46.

Analyst Trends:

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 $0.86 to a profit $0.69. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $2.03, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Stewart Information Services has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1,555 1,707 1,672 1,635 1,910
Diluted EPS ($) -13.68 -2.80 -0.69 0.12 4.61

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 ($) in millions 445.08 384.99 483.71 520.74 520.97
Diluted EPS ($) 0.17 -0.63 1.05 1.45 2.74

Past Performance:
Stewart Information Services has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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