Tyson Foods Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, November 21, 2011. Tyson Foods and its subsidiaries produce, distribute and market chicken, beef, pork, prepared foods and related products.

Tyson Foods, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 32 cents per share, a decline of 50% 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 33 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has dropped from 34 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $1.95 per share, a decline of 11% from last year.

Last quarter, the company came in at profit of 46 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 40 cents per share, beating estimates after missing them in the previous quarter. In the second quarter, it missed forecasts by one cent.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 10.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $8.2 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 13 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and three rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 21% to $196 million (51 cents a share) from $248 million (65 cents a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue rose 10.9% to $8.25 billion from $7.44 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 15.7% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 14.8% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 3.1% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

Competitors to Watch: Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE:SFD), Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL), Sanderson Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAFM), Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. (NYSE:PPC), ZHONGPIN INC. (NASDAQ:HOGS), Diamond Ranch Foods, Ltd. (DRFO), Seaboard Corporation (AMEX:SEB), and Energroup Holdings Corp (ENHD).

Stock Price Performance: During August 22, 2011 to November 15, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.22 (19.4%) from $16.60 to $19.82. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 22, 2011 and July 1, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 6.8% (+$1.24) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between September 15, 2011 and September 22, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 6.7% (-$1.17) over that span. Shares are up $2.71 (+15.8%) year to date.

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

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