Dean Foods Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Continue?

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Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, May 9th. Dean Foods Company is a food and beverage company that produces a full line of Company-branded and private label dairy and dairy-related products. The Company provides products such as milk and milk-based beverages, ice cream, half and half, whipping cream, sour cream, cottage cheese, yogurt, dips, and soy milk. Dean Foods also supplies pickles, juice, juice drinks, and water.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Dean Foods Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.27 per share on revenues of $2.98 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 22.48.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $0.29 to a profit $0.28. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $1.08, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Dean Foods has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 12,450 11,110 10,820 11,640 11,460
Diluted EPS ($) 1.20 1.38 0.50 -8.59 0.85

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 ($) in millions 1,882 3,214 3,126 3,143 1,979
Diluted EPS ($) -0.0537 0.20 0.30 0.20 0.1499

Past Performance:
Dean Foods has beat analyst estimates 4 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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