Bemis Company Second Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Bemis Company, Inc. (NYSE:BMS) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, July 26, 2012. Bemis Company is a manufacturer of flexible packaging products and pressure-sensitive materials for customers worldwide.

Bemis Company, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for profit of 52 cents per share, a rise of 2% from the company’s actual earnings for the year-ago quarter. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 53 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It has since dropped over the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 4% versus last year to $2.07.

Past Earnings Performance: The company is looking to top estimates for the third straight quarter. Last quarter, it reported net income of 49 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 47 cents, and the quarter before, the company exceeded forecasts by 6 cents with net income of 45 cents versus a mean estimate of profit of 39 cents.

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A Look Back: In the first quarter, profit fell 14.1% to $44 million (42 cents a share) from $51.2 million (47 cents a share) the year earlier, but exceeded analyst expectations. Revenue fell 1.5% to $1.3 billion from $1.32 billion.

Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts predict a decline of 3.6% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $1.32 billion.

Stock Price Performance: Between April 25, 2012 and July 20, 2012, the stock price fell $1.09 (-3.4%), from $32.22 to $31.13. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between July 12, 2012 and July 19, 2012, when shares rose for six straight days, increasing 4.3% (+$1.28) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight days, dropping 9.2% (-$3.13) over that span.

Key Stats:

On the top line, the company is looking to get back on the right track after last quarter’s drop snapped a string of revenue increases. Revenue rose 7.9% in the second quarter of the last fiscal year, 4.9% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year and 1.7%in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year before dropping in the first quarter.

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

Balance Sheet Analysis: The company’s current ratio of assets to liabilities came in at 2.37 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. The company improved this liquidity measure from 2.27 in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year to the last quarter driven in part by an increase in current assets. Current assets increased 5.3% to $1.63 billion while liabilities rose by 0.9% to $688.2 million.

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

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