Packaging Corp. Of America Earnings: What Investors Should Watch

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Packaging Corp. Of America (NYSE:PKG) will report earnings after markets close on Monday, April 22nd. Packaging Corp of America manufactures containerboard and corrugated packaging products for use in protecting goods during shipment. The Company also produces multi-color boxes and displays, as well as meat boxes and wax-coated boxes for the agricultural industry.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Packaging Corp. Of America Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.56 per share on revenues of $725.75 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 25.79.

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 $0.71 to a profit $0.72. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $2.91, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

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Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Packaging Corp. Of America has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 2,360 2,148 2,436 2,620 2,844
Diluted EPS ($) 1.31 2.60 2.00 1.57 1.68

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 ($) in millions 654.31 671.36 712.47 723.47 736.58
Diluted EPS ($) 0.39 0.18 0.46 0.41 0.63

Past Performance:
Packaging Corp. Of America has beat analyst estimates 2 times in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)

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