The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (NYSE:EL) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, August 15, 2011. The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. manufactures skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products.

The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 24 cents per share, a decline of 17.2% 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 26 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down, but it has been unchanged at 24 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $3.69 per share, a rise of 34.2% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company’s quarterly results have come in above estimates for the last three quarters. Last quarter, the company booked net income of 71 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 57 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $2.03 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 10.3% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $8.78 billion for the year, a rise of 12.4% from last year’s revenue of $7.81 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on Estee Lauder Companies as 10 analysts rate it as a buy, one rates it as a sell and 10 rate it as a hold.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue increased 16.4% to $2.17 billion in third quarter. The figure rose 10.2% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 14.1% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 9.3% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE:AVP), Alberto-Culver Company (NYSE:ACV), Revlon, Inc. (NYSE:REV), Elizabeth Arden, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDEN), Inter Parfums, Inc. (NASDAQ:IPAR), Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS), The Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG), Parlux Fragrances, Inc. (NASDAQ:PARL), Physicians Formula Hldgs., Inc. (NASDAQ:FACE).

Stock Price Performance: During July 12, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had dropped $12.88 (-12.4%) from $103.93 to $91.05. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 23, 2011 and June 30, 2011 when shares rose for six-straight days, rising 4.6% (+$4.65) 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 7.1% (-$7.28) over that span. Shares are up $10.35 (+12.8%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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