Union Pacific Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Continue?

Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, July 18th. Union Pacific Corporation is a rail transportation company. The Company’s railroad hauls a variety of goods, including agricultural, automotive, and chemical products. Union Pacific offers long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways as well as connects with Canada’s rail systems and serves the major gateways to Mexico.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Union Pacific Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $2.35 per share on revenues of $5.50 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 18.72.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $2.56 to a profit $2.58. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $9.53, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Union Pacific has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 17,970 14,143 16,965 19,557 20,926
Diluted EPS ($) 4.54 3.75 5.53 6.72 8.27

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012 Mar. 31, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 5,221.00 5,343.00 5,250.00 5,290.00
Diluted EPS ($) 2.10 2.19 2.19 2.03

Past Performance:
Union Pacific has beat analyst estimates 4 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)