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

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. Hain Celestial Group, Inc. 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 33 cents per share, a rise of 26.9% 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 and it has not changed during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $1.34 per share, a rise of 25.2% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company is looking to beat analyst estimates for the third quarter in a row. Last quarter, it beat estimates with net income of 36 cents per share against the mean estimate of 34 cents. In the prior quarter, the company reported profit of 39 cents.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $270.3 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 21.3% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.11 billion for the year, a rise of 21% from last year’s revenue of $917.3 million.

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

Key Stats:

The company has now seen net income rise in three straight quarters. In the third quarter, net income rose more than sixfold while it rose 45.5% in the second quarter and 12.4% in the first quarter.

Revenue has now gone up for three straight quarters. In third quarter, revenue rose 29.8% to $288.4 million while the figure rose 20.6% in the second quarter from the year earlier and 11.9% in the first quarter.

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), Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX), PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP).

Stock Price Performance: During August 11, 2011 to August 17, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.73 (9.6%) from $28.40 to $31.13. 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 $4.07 (+15%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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