W.R. Berkley Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Continue?

W.R. Berkley (NYSE:WRB) will report earnings after markets close on Tuesday, April 23rd. W. R. Berkley Corporation, an insurance holding company, conducts operations in various segments of the property casualty insurance business. Segments include specialty lines of insurance, alternative markets, reinsurance, regional property casualty insurance, and international.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to W.r. Berkley Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.74 per share on revenues of $1.45 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 12.29.

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 $0.66 to a profit $0.67. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $2.92, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

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Earnings Trends:

Here’s how W.r. Berkley has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 4,709 4,431 4,724 5,156 5,824
Diluted EPS ($) 1.62 1.86 2.88 2.69 3.56

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

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1,371 1,379 1,416 1,421 1,609
Diluted EPS ($) 0.82 0.94 0.76 0.71 1.15

Past Performance:
W.r. Berkley 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)