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Patterson Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCO) is due to report earnings before the opening bell on Thursday, August 25.

Overview

PDCO trades an average of 1.3 million shares per day.

Patterson Companies, Inc. operates as a distributor serving the dental, companion-pet veterinarian, and rehabilitation supply markets in North America. The company was founded in 1877 and is based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Recent Price: $27.77

52 Week High: $36.93

52 Week Low: $24.88

Book Value: $12.89

On average, 11 analysts are expecting a drop of $-0.09 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.53. Investors will be looking to top $0.44 per share, based on the estimated mean earnings. Analyst estimates range between $0.41 and $0.47 per share.

The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 14.8 The forward P/E ratio is 14.2.

In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -14.84 %, in the last quarter, it has returned -10.69%, with a one year change of 1.94%.

Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 0.33% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, -4.58% vs. the S&P 500 from six months ago, and the year to date difference is 0.43% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Revenue year-over-year has increased to $3.42 billion for 2011 vs. $3.24 billion for 2010. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $225.39 million for 2011 vs. $212.25 million for 2010. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $376.01 million for 2011 vs. $355.29 million for 2010.

Revenue growth is at an annual rate of 5.56%.

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Gross reported revenue compared to the mean estimate (rounded).

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Apr-11 $ 844.96 M $ 883.82 M $ 38.86 M 4.6%
Jan-11 $ 833.10 M $ 824.65 M $ -8.45 M -1.01%
Oct-10 $ 845.90 M $ 857.41 M $ 11.51 M 1.36%
Jul-10 $ 858.64 M $ 849.79 M $ -8.85 M -1.03%
Apr-10 $ 816.75 M $ 812.76 M $ -3.99 M -0.49%
M = millions, B = billions

Reported earnings per share compared to the mean estimate. Differences are rounded.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Apr-11 0.51 0.53 0.02 3.92%
Jan-11 0.47 0.47 0 0.00%
Oct-10 0.45 0.45 0 0.00%
Jul-10 0.44 0.45 0.01 2.27%
Apr-10 0.50 0.52 0.02 4%
(Some onetime items are often excluded in reported EPS)

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Source: Earnings Preview: Patterson Companies Reports Q1 Results Thursday

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