Wausau Paper Corp. Second Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Wausau Paper Corp. (NYSE:WPP) will unveil its latest earnings on Monday, July 30, 2012. Wausau Paper manufactures, converts, and sells paper and paper products.

Wausau Paper Corp. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for net income of 9 cents per share, a rise of 28.6% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 8 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has been unchanged at 9 cents during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 72% compared to last year’s 43 cents.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company topped estimates by 0 cents, coming in at profit of 10 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 5 cents. The company fell in line with estimates in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year.

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A Look Back: In the first quarter, the company swung to a profit of $9.8 million (20 cents a share) from a loss of $1.4 million (3 cents) a year earlier, beating analyst estimates. Revenue fell 13.2% to $216.2 million from $248.9 million.

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $232.4 million in revenue this quarter, a decline of 13% from the year-ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $903.9 million for the year, a decline of 12.2% from last year’s revenue of $1.03 billion.

Stock Price Performance: Between July 18, 2012 and July 24, 2012, the stock price dropped 86 cents (-8.8%), from $9.75 to $8.89. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 6, 2012 and March 13, 2012, when shares rose for six straight days, increasing 4.9% (+44 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between February 23, 2012 and March 2, 2012 when shares fell for seven straight days, dropping 6.3% (-61 cents) over that span.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is hoping to use this earnings announcement to snap a string of three-straight quarters of revenue declines. Revenue fell 3% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year and 2.9% in fourth quarter of the last fiscal year before falling again in the first quarter.

Balance Sheet Analysis: The company’s current ratio of assets to liabilities came in at 1.45 last quarter. The current ratio is an indication of a firm’s liquidity and ability to meet creditor demands and generally, for every dollar the company owes in the short term, it has that figure available in assets that can be converted to cash in the short term.

Analyst Ratings:

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

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