The Coca-Cola Company Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. Coca-Cola is a leading manufacturer of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups.

The Coca-Cola Company Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 77 cents per share, a rise of 6.9% 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 9.5% versus last year to $3.82.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last two quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped the forecasts by 2 cents, reporting net income of $1.03 per share against a mean estimate of profit of $1.01. In the second quarter, the company exceeded forecasts by one cent with net income of $1.17 versus a mean estimate of profit of $1.16.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $10.99 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 4.7% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $46.5 billion for the year, a rise of 32.4% from last year’s revenue of $35.12 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 13 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and two rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 8.1% to $2.22 billion (95 cents a share) from $2.06 billion (88 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 45.4% to $12.25 billion from $8.43 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 42.9%, with the biggest boost coming in the second quarter when revenue rose 46.8% from the year earlier quarter.

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 18.1% in the second quarter and 17.7% in the first quarter.

Stock Price Performance: During January 3, 2012 to February 1, 2012, the stock price had dropped $2.29 (-3.3%) from $70.14 to $67.85. 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 5.9% (+$3.76) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 19, 2011 and May 27, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 2.8% (-$1.91) over that span.

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

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