The Hain Celestial Group Inc. First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. 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 profit of 28 cents per share, a rise of 12% 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 31 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from 29 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 25.2% versus last year to $1.69.

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 35 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 33 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 11.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $288 million.

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

A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, profit rose 92% to $12.8 million (28 cents a share) from $6.7 million (16 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 31.1% to $292 million from $222.8 million.

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 23.4%, with the biggest boost coming in the most recent quarter when revenue rose 31.1% from the year earlier quarter.

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose more than sixfold in the third quarter of the last fiscal year and 45.5% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS), Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB), Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE:KFT), The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE:SJM), TreeHouse Foods Inc. (NYSE:THS), H.J. Heinz Company (NYSE:HNZ), PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP).

Stock Price Performance: During September 28, 2011 to October 26, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.05 (10.2%) from $30.04 to $33.09. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 16, 2011 and March 29, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 16.2% (+$4.61) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 27, 2011 and June 6, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 7.3% (-$2.63) over that span. Shares are up $6.03 (+22.3%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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