Monsanto First Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Monsanto (NYSE:MON) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Monsanto manufactures agricultural products.

Monsanto Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is for net income of 36 cents per share, a rise of 56.5% 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 profit of $4.38 per share, a rise of 18.4% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company met estimates last quarter after beating the forecasts in the prior two. In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company reported a loss of 44 cents per share versus a mean estimate of net loss of 44 cents per share. In the third quarter of the last fiscal year, the company beat estimates by 4 cents.

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A Look Back: In the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year, the company’s loss widened to a loss of a $229 million (42 cents a share) from a loss of $96 million (18 cents) a year earlier, meeting analyst expectations. Revenue fell 7.2% to $2.11 billion from $2.27 billion.