United Stationers Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Continue?

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United Stationers (NASDAQ:USTR) will report earnings after markets close on Monday, July 22nd. United Stationers Inc. is a wholesale distributor of business products through out the United States. The Company offers office products, computer supplies, office furniture, and facilities management supplies primarily to commercial and contract office products dealers. United Stationers operates a network of regional distribution centers.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to United Stationers Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.77 per share on revenues of $1.30 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 14.25.

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 $0.97 to a profit $0.95. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $3.09, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how United Stationers has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 4,987 4,710 4,832 5,006 5,080
Diluted EPS ($) 2.07 2.10 2.34 2.42 2.73

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012 Mar. 31, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 1,275.71 1,288.68 1,244.07 1,250.48
Diluted EPS ($) 0.66 0.91 0.81 0.34

Past Performance:
United Stationers 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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