Wellpoint Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts
Wellpoint (NYSE:WLP) will report earnings before markets open on Wednesday, April 24th. WellPoint Inc. is a health benefits company. The Company provides health benefits, dental and vision benefits, pharmacy benefits, life insurance, and life and disability insurance benefits. WellPoint operations include Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans.
Here is your Cheat Sheet to Wellpoint Earnings:
Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $2.39 per share on revenues of $18.05 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 8.21.
Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $2.14 to a profit $2.12. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $7.78, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.
Here’s how Wellpoint has been performing on an annual basis:
|Revenue ($) in millions||61,250||64,940||58,700||60,710||61,710|
|Diluted EPS ($)||4.76||9.88||6.94||7.25||8.18|
Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:
|Quarter||Dec. 31, 2011||Mar. 31, 2012||Jun. 30, 2012||Sep. 30, 2012||Dec. 31, 2012|
|Revenue ($) in millions||15,320||15,420||15,410||15,350||15,540|
|Diluted EPS ($)||1.02||2.53||1.94||2.15||1.56|
Wellpoint has beat analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.
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