Altria Group Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

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Altria Group (NYSE:MO) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, April 25th. Altria Group, Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products, including cigars and pipe tobacco. Altria holds an interest in a brewery company.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Altria Group Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.53 per share on revenues of $4.04 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 16.84.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a neutral outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings is a profit of $0.63 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $2.39, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Altria Group has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 19,360 23,560 24,360 23,800 24,620
Diluted EPS ($) 2.36 1.54 1.87 1.64 2.06

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 ($) in millions 6,129 5,647 6,487 6,242 6,242
Diluted EPS ($) 0.41 0.48 0.60 0.32 0.66

Past Performance:
Altria Group has beat analyst estimates 1 time in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)

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