Williams-Sonoma Second Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Williams-Sonoma is a retailer of products for the home. The retail segment of its business sells products through five retail store concepts: Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm and Williams-Sonoma Home.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for profit of 40 cents per share, a rise of 8.1% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $2.49 per share, a rise of 11.2% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company beat estimates by 2 cents, coming in at profit of 34 cents a share versus the estimate of net income of 32 cents a share. It marked the fourth straight quarter of beating estimates.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $864 million.

Stock Price Performance: Between May 21, 2012 and August 15, 2012, the stock price rose $1.71 (4.9%), from $34.73 to $36.44. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 26, 2012 and February 3, 2012, when shares rose for seven straight days, increasing 6.5% (+$2.26) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 5, 2012 and July 12, 2012 when shares fell for six straight days, dropping 6% (-$2.20) over that span.

Balance Sheet Analysis: The company’s current ratio of assets to liabilities came in at 2.29 last quarter. Having a ratio above 2:1 is usually considered a good indicator of a company’s liquidity and ability to meet creditor demands.

Analyst Ratings: There are mostly holds on the stock with 15 of 22 analysts surveyed giving that rating.

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

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