The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, November 1, 2012. Hain Celestial Group manufactures, markets, distributes and sells natural and organic specialty and snack food products and natural personal care products.

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 40 cents per share, a rise of 37.9% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 39 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has dropped from 41 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $2.38 per share, a rise of 9.2% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 2 cents, reporting net income of 47 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 45 cents per share.

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A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit rose 82.1% to $23.4 million (51 cents a share) from $12.8 million (28 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 15.5% to $337.2 million from $292 million.

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $370.7 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 26.8% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.77 billion for the year, a rise of 28.3% from last year’s revenue of $1.38 billion.

Stock Price Performance: Between August 30, 2012 and October 26, 2012, the stock price had fallen $11.05 (-16.1%), from $68.51 to $57.46. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 13, 2012 and August 24, 2012, when shares rose for 10 straight days, increasing 34.9% (+$18.03) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between September 19, 2012 and September 26, 2012 when shares fell for six straight days, dropping 6.9% (-$4.65) over that span.

Key Stats:

With double-digit revenue growth the past four quarters, this earnings release is a chance to keep that positive trend going. The company has averaged year-over-year revenue growth of 23.1% over the last four quarters.

This upcoming earnings announcement will be a chance to build on positive earnings momentum over the last three quarters. Net income rose 23.2% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year and 43.7% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year before increasing again in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Analyst Ratings: With 11 analysts rating the stock a buy, none rating it a sell and five rating the stock a hold, there are indications of a bullish stance by analysts.

Balance Sheet Analysis: The company’s current ratio of assets to liabilities came in at 2.21 last quarter. Having a ratio above 2:1 is usually considered a good indicator of a company’s liquidity and ability to meet creditor demands.

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

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