Unum Group Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. Unum Group provides group and individual disability products in the United States and provides a portfolio of other insurance products, including longterm care insurance, life insurance and employee-paid group benefits.

Unum Group Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 78 cents per share, no change 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 4.7% compared to last year’s $3.09.

Past Earnings Performance: The company is looking to beat analyst estimates for the third quarter in a row. Last quarter, it beat estimates with profit of 80 cents per share against the mean estimate of 77 cents. In the prior quarter, the company reported net income of 79 cents.

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A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 12% to $230.2 million (83 cents a share) from $205.6 million (69 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 3.2% to $2.63 billion from $2.55 billion.

Analyst Ratings: There are mostly holds on the stock with nine of 16 analysts surveyed giving that rating.

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a rise of 1.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.63 billion.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is looking to build on four-straight revenue increases heading into this earnings announcement. Revenue rose 0.5% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, 1.9% in the first quarter and 2.1% in the second quarter before increasing again in the third quarter.

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