Earnings Preview: Allergan
by Zacks Equity ResearchJanuary 31, 2012 | Comments : 0 Recommended this article: (0)
This page is temporarily not available. Please check later as it should be available shortly. If you have any questions, please email customer support at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-767-3771 ext. 9339.
Allergan, Inc. ( AGN - Analyst Report ) is scheduled to announce its fourth quarter and full year 2011 results on February 2, 2012, before the opening bell. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the fourth quarter is $1.00 (year-over-year increase of 13.6%) on revenues of $1,408 million (year-over-year increase of 7.6%). This is just above the company’s fourth quarter guidance of 97-99 cents per share.
As per the Zacks Consensus Estimate, for fiscal 2011, earnings are expected to be $3.64 (year-over-year increase of 15.2%) on revenues of $5,420 million (year-over-year increase of 11.0%). The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2011 is at the high end of the guidance range of $3.62–$3.64 per share provided by the company.
Third Quarter Recap
Allergan reported third quarter 2011 earnings of 92 cents per share, a penny above the Zacks Consensus Estimate and a few cents above the guidance range of 88–90 cents. Earnings increased 17.9% from the year-ago quarter.
Third quarter revenues increased 9.9% to $1,328 million, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Specialty pharmaceuticals sales increased 10.1% to $1,089.7 million, with eye care pharmaceutical sales increasing 7.5%. Products like Lumigan and Restasis helped drive eye care sales. A detailed discussion of third quarter results is available here.
Agreement and Magnitude of Estimate Revisions
Of the 23 analysts following the stock, 1 analyst revised the fourth quarter estimate upward and 1 trimmed the estimate in the last 30 days. There were no revisions during the last 7 days. For full year 2011, 1 out of 25 analysts slashed the estimate in the past 30 days, with 1 upside revision in the same period. None of the analysts revised their 2011 estimates in the last 7 days.
With no significant movement in estimate revisions, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the fourth quarter of 2011 as well as the full year remains unchanged at $1.00 and $3.64, respectively.
Allergan has surpassed earnings estimates in three of the last four quarters. The company recorded a minimum surprise of negative 1.12% in the fourth quarter of 2010 to a maximum of 4.05% in the first quarter of 2011. On an average, the earnings surprise stood at 1.55%. Fourth quarter 2011 earnings are expected to come in-line with expectations.
We currently have a Neutral recommendation on Allergan, which carries a Zacks #3 Rank (short-term Hold rating).
Please login to Zacks.com or register to post a comment.