UNUM GROUP Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component UNUM GROUP (NYSE:UNM) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, February 6, 2012. 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 profit of 75 cents per share, a rise of 13.6% 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 77 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 75 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 7.3% versus last year to $2.93.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company fell short of estimates by 3 cents, coming in at net income of 74 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 75 cents. The company topped expectations in the second quarter.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 0.8% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.59 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about UNUM GROUP with 10 of 13 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 6.9% to $205.6 million (69 cents a share) from $220.8 million (68 cents a share) the year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Revenue rose 0.7% to $2.55 billion from $2.53 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 2.1% in the second quarter from the year earlier, climbed 0.1% in the first quarter from the year-ago quarter and 3.9% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

The company has now been profitable for the last eight quarters, and for the last four, profit has risen year over year by an average of 3.5%. The quarter with the biggest boost was the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, which saw a 13.2% surge.

Stock Price Performance: During December 30, 2011 to January 31, 2012, the stock price had risen $1.86 (8.9%) from $20.97 to $22.83. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 13, 2012 and January 24, 2012 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 4.8% (+$1.07) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between October 27, 2011 and November 4, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 11.7% (-$2.87) over that span.

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

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