Wausau Paper Corp. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Wausau Paper Corp. (NYSE:WPP) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, February 6, 2012. Wausau Paper manufactures, converts, and sells paper and paper products.

Wausau Paper Corp. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 5 cents per share, a decline of 64.3% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 4 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 5 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of 27 cents per share, a decline of 43.7% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company fell short of estimates by 0 cents, coming in at profit of 11 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 12 cents. The company fell in line with expectations in the second quarter.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a decline of 4.2% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $249.3 million.

Analyst Ratings: The stock has a mean recommendation of hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit fell 60.6% to $5.2 million (10 cents a share) from $13.2 million (27 cents a share) the year earlier, missing analyst expectations. Revenue fell 3% to $265.8 million from $274 million.

Key Stats:

Revenue fell in the third quarter after seeing a rise the quarter before. In the second quarter, revenue rose 0.6%.

Stock Price Performance: During November 2, 2011 to January 31, 2012, the stock price had risen $1.09 (14.4%) from $7.55 to $8.64. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between May 2, 2011 and May 13, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 10.6% (+69 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between August 1, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 17.5% (-$1.28) over that span.

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

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