Earnings Call Cheat Sheet: Peabody Energy, DST Systems, more

The Peabody Energy building in downtown St. Louis. | Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert
Peabody Energy will hold its first call since CEO Greg Boyce announced his retirement. | Nicole Lunger/Missouri Business Alert


Peabody Energy

Earnings release at 9:30 a.m., conference call at 10 a.m.

Analyst expectations: The St. Louis-based energy company will release its financial results for the year ended Dec. 31 before the market opens. Analysts expect Peabody to post to a net loss for the quarter, with a loss of $0.35 per share and revenue of $1.65 billion. Due to soft global coal demand and increased regulation of carbon emissions by state and federal agencies, Peabody’s shares plunged 60 percent last year and traded this month at their lowest level since 2003.

Recent news: Peabody, the biggest coal operator of U.S. During the fourth quarter of 2014, entered into a joint venture with Glencore, the world’s biggest exporter of power-station coal, to combine two mining operations in Australia to cut costs. Last week, Peabody CEO Greg Boyce announced his retirement, and the company named COO Glenn Kellow as his replacement.


Energizer Holdings

Earnings release at 8:30 a.m., conference call at 9 a.m.

Analyst expectations: The St. Louis-based manufacturer of batteries and lighting products will report its earnings for the first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year before the market opens. Analysts expect Energizer to post earnings of $2.14 per share and revenue of $1.1 billion for the quarter. During fiscal 2014, the company’s earnings per share increased 35.8 percent.

Recent news: The company plans to complete its split into two separate, publicly traded companies — a household-products company and a personal-care unit — in the second half of fiscal 2015. Earlier this month, Energizer introduced a prototype line of its own cell phones and smartphones, which are designed to have long-lasting battery capacities.

A DST Systems sign at a November 2012 Tech Cocktail event in Kansas City | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
DST Systems will hold its conference call at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. | Courtesy of Creative Commons


DST Systems

Earnings release at 6 a.m., conference call at 7:30 a.m.

Analyst expectations: The Kansas City-based company, which provides information processing technology and services, will release its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 before the market opens. Analysts’ consensus earnings per share forecast for the quarter is $1.70. Earnings per share for the same quarter last year were $1.34. Estimated revenue for the quarter is $650 million.

Recent news: Earlier this month, the company announced its acquisition of Kasina LLC, a New York-based advisory firm that provides data and consulting services to investment managers.


Leggett & Platt

Earnings release at 3 p.m. on Thursday,  conference call at 8 a.m on Friday.

Analyst expectations: The Carthage-based maker of engineered products will announce its fourth quarter 2014 earnings before the market opens. The consensus earnings per share forecast for the quarter is $0.45, and the revenue forecast is $947 million. In the last quarter, the company reported $0.37 earnings per share, missing the consensus estimate of $0.49, and revenue of $997.4 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.03 billion.

Recent news: Earlier this month, the company announced plans to open a facility in Kansas City’s Hunt Midwest SupTropolis. The plant, which will make parts for Ford Motor Co.’s Transit van, is expected to employ about 50 people.

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