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S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Aon Corporation (NYSE:AON) reported net income above Wall Street’s expectations for the third quarter. Aon provides risk management and human capital consulting services, including insurance and reinsurance brokerage and workforce productivity solutions.
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Aon Corporation Earnings Cheat Sheet
Results: Net income for Aon Corporation rose to $204 million (62 cents per share) vs. $198 million (59 cents per share) in the same quarter a year earlier. This marks a rise of 3% from the year-earlier quarter.
Revenue: Rose 0.3% to $2.74 billion from the year-earlier quarter.
Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Aon Corporation reported adjusted net income of 95 cents per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean estimate of 89 cents per share. It fell short of the average revenue estimate of $2.89 billion.
Quoting Management: “Our third quarter results, led by strong operating performance in HR Solutions, reflect solid progress against each of our three key metrics including four percent organic revenue growth, thirty basis points margin improvement and eight percent earnings growth,” said Greg Case, president and chief executive officer. “As we invest heavily in long-term growth opportunities such as our GRIP platform and healthcare exchanges to empower results for clients, we are delivering savings from our restructuring programs, generating strong free cash flow and effectively allocating capital, as highlighted by the repurchase of $275 million of ordinary shares in the quarter.”
Revenue has increased for four consecutive quarters. Revenue increased 1.6% to $2.83 billion in the second quarter. The figure rose 2.3% in the first quarter from the year earlier and climbed 3.2% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter.
The profit increase last quarter ends a two-quarter streak of year-over-year profit decreases. In the second quarter, net income fell 4.7% while the figure dropped in the first quarter.
The company has beaten estiamtes for two quarters in a row. In the second quarter, it topped expectations with net income of $1.02 versus a mean estimate of net income of $1.01 per share.
Looking Forward: Expectations for the company’s next-quarter performance are higher than they were ninety days ago. Over the past three months, the average estimate for the fourth quarter has risen to $1.27 per share from $1.25. Over the past sixty days, the average estimate for the fiscal year has reached $4.16 per share, a decline from $4.17.
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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)
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