National Fuel Gas Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Continue?

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National Fuel Gas (NYSE:NFG) will report earnings after markets close on Thursday, May 2nd. National Fuel Gas Company is an integrated natural gas company with operations in all segments of the natural gas industry, including utility, pipeline and storage, exploration and production, and marketing operations. The Company operates across the United States.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to National Fuel Gas Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.97 per share on revenues of $617.48 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 22.59.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.55 to a profit $0.59. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $2.9, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how National Fuel Gas has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 2,400 2,052 1,761 1,779 1,627
Diluted EPS ($) 3.18 1.25 2.73 3.09 2.63

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 ($) in millions 432.42 552.31 328.86 313.26 452.85
Diluted EPS ($) 0.73 0.81 0.52 0.5818 0.81

Past Performance:
National Fuel Gas 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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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)

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