Williams Companies Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Williams Companies, Inc. (NYSE:WMB) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, February 22, 2012. Williams Companies is engaged in finding, producing, gathering, processing and transporting natural gas.

Williams Companies, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for profit of 42 cents per share, no change from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from 40 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved up. It has dropped from 43 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $1.54 per share, a rise of 20.3% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company missed estimates last quarter after beating forecasts in the prior two. In the third quarter, the company reported profit of 40 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net income of 41 cents per share. In the second quarter, the company beat estimates by one cent.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 14.5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.77 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are high on the stock, with seven analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and two rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, the company swung to a profit of $272 million (46 cents a share) from a loss of $1.26 billion ($2.16) a year earlier, but missed analyst estimates. Revenue rose 17.3% to $2.7 billion from $2.3 billion.

Key Stats:

The company’s revenue has increased for two consecutive quarters. In the second quarter, the figure rose 16.4%.

Stock Price Performance: Between November 18, 2011 and February 16, 2012, the stock price rose $4.27 (17.4%), from $24.60 to $28.87. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 13, 2011 and October 24, 2011, when shares rose for eight straight days, increasing 14.2% (+$3.07) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 27, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight days, dropping 15.7% (-$4.05) over that span.

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

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