Ventas Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Ventas (NYSE:VTR) will unveil its latest earnings on Friday, October 26, 2012. Ventas is a real estate investment trust, with a portfolio of seniors housing and healthcare properties.

Ventas Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for net income of 93 cents per share, a rise of 5.7% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 94 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 93 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 10.4% compared to last year’s $3.72.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 3 cents, coming in at profit of 95 cents per share against an estimate of net income of. The company also topped expectations in the first quarter.

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A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose more than threefold to $74 million (25 cents a share) from $19.7 million (11 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 71.5% to $625.1 million from $364.6 million.

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 11.3% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $629.8 million.

Stock Price Performance: Between July 27, 2012 and October 22, 2012, the stock price fell $2.28 (-3.4%), from $66.79 to $64.51. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 12, 2012 and January 26, 2012, when shares rose for 10 straight days, increasing 8.4% (+$4.58) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 10, 2012 and May 18, 2012 when shares fell for seven straight days, dropping 4.5% (-$2.67) over that span.

Key Stats:

The company enters this earnings announcement with substantial revenue momentum. The company has averaged year-over-year revenue growth of more than twofold over the last four quarters.

After experiencing income increases the last three quarters, the company is hoping to keep the good news coming with this earnings announcement. Net income rose more than twofold in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year and 85% in the first quarter before increasing again in the second quarter.

Analyst Ratings: There are mostly holds on the stock with eight of 14 analysts surveyed giving that rating.

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

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