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UNUM GROUP Third Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 component UNUM GROUP will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. Unum Group provides group and individual disability products in the United States and provides a portfolio of other insurance products, including longterm care insurance, life insurance and employee-paid group benefits.

UNUM GROUP Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of 75 cents per share, a rise of 10.3% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. The average estimate is the same as three months ago. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate was unchanged. It also has not changed during the last month. Analysts are projecting profit to rise by 8.4% versus last year to $2.96.

Past Earnings Performance: Last quarter, the company topped expectations by 3 cents, coming in at net income of 75 cents per share versus a mean estimate of profit of 72 cents per share. This followed two straight quarters of missing estimates.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $2.57 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 1.6% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $10.29 billion for the year, a rise of 1.2% from last year’s revenue of $10.17 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts seem relatively indifferent about UNUM GROUP with nine of 12 analysts surveyed maintaining a hold rating.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 9.6% to $229.8 million (75 cents a share) from $209.7 million (63 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 2.1% to $2.56 billion from $2.51 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 0.1% in the first quarter from the year earlier, climbed 3.9% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 0.4% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

The increase in profit in the second quarter came after net income fell in the previous quarter. In the first quarter, net income fell 1.9%.

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Stock Price Performance: During September 28, 2011 to October 26, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.25 (15.6%) from $20.84 to $24.09. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 19, 2011 and January 27, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 3.8% (+94 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between September 16, 2011 and September 23, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 10.4% (-$2.41) over that span. Shares are up 15 cents (+0.6%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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