Analysts expect Dr Pepper Snapple Group to report Q4 net earnings of 74 cents/share, up 10.4% from year-ago period; company to announce results Feb. 15

DALLAS , February 13, 2012 (press release) – Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) makes and distributes flavored soft drinks and other beverages in North America. Wednesday, February 15, 2012, the company will report its fourth quarter earnings.

Expectations: Analysts are expecting the company to report earnings of 74 cents per share, up 10.4% from a year ago, when it reported earnings of 67 cents per share. The consensus estimate has fallen over the past three months, down from 75 cents. For the fiscal year, analysts are expecting earnings of $2.72 per share. The company's revenue is expected to beat the year-earlier total of $1.41 billion by 2.7% to finish at $1.45 billion for the quarter. The company is projected to report revenue of $5.89 billion for the fiscal year.

Performance: Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 4.9% to $1.53 billion in the third quarter. Looking back further, revenue increased 4.1% year-over-year in the second quarter, 6.7% in the first quarter, and 4.1% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year. The company's earnings have been rising for the last eight quarters, and for the last four, net income has increased year-over-year by an average of 6.8%. The company enjoyed the boost in the first quarter when net income expanded 28.1%, marking the biggest gain. Over the past quarter, the stock price has risen to $38.13 from $36.22 on November 14, 2011. Dr Pepper Snapple Group's best recent streak was when its price gained $3.69 per share between November 30, 2011 and December 29, 2011.

Ratings: Analysts generally think investors rate Dr Pepper Snapple Group a hold, with eight of 12 analysts rating it hold. Analysts have grown a bit more optimistic about the stock, as the number of buy ratings has inched up over the past three months.

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