The Hain Celestial Group Inc. Second Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 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 49 cents per share, a rise of 25.6% 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 25.9% versus last year to $1.70.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by one cent, reporting profit of 29 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 28 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $387.1 million in revenue this quarter, a rise of 32.6% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $1.47 billion for the year, a rise of 30.1% from last year’s revenue of $1.13 billion.

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

A Look Back: In the first quarter, profit rose 28.5% to $11.7 million (26 cents a share) from $9.1 million (21 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 13.3% to $292.4 million from $258 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 23.7%, with the biggest boost coming in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year when revenue rose 31.1% from the year earlier quarter.

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 92% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year and more than sixfold in the third 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) and PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE:PEP).

Stock Price Performance: During October 28, 2011 to January 26, 2012, the stock price had risen $3.09 (9%) from $34.15 to $37.24. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 5, 2012 and January 19, 2012 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 8% (+$2.75) 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.

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

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