The Procter & Gamble Company (PG): WD-40 Company (WDFC) Earnings: An Early Look

The new earnings season is about to begin, but a few companies on off-quarter fiscal years are just now getting around to reporting their quarterly results. WD-40 Company (NASDAQ:WDFC) is about to release its earnings report. The key to making smart investment decisions with stocks releasing their quarterly reports is to anticipate how they’ll do before they announce results, leaving you fully prepared to respond quickly to whatever inevitable surprises arise. That way, you’ll be less likely to make an uninformed kneejerk reaction to news that turns out to be exactly the wrong move.

WD-40 Company

Most people think of WD-40 Company (NASDAQ:WDFC) as a single-product company, with its namesake solvent being ubiquitous with a place on just about every garage shelf in America. But the company does have a few other products in its arsenal. Let’s take an early look at what’s been happening with WD-40 over the past quarter and what we’re likely to see in its quarterly report on Thursday.

Stats on WD-40 Company (NASDAQ:WDFC)

Analyst EPS Estimate $0.56
Change From Year-Ago EPS (14%)
Revenue Estimate $87.4 million
Change From Year-Ago Revenue 1.6%
Earnings Beats in Past 4 Quarters 2

Source: Yahoo! Finance.

Will WD-40 get the job done this quarter?
Analysts have had mixed views on WD-40 Company (NASDAQ:WDFC) recently, cutting back on earnings estimates for the just-ended quarter but boosting their full-year fiscal 2013 calls by $0.03 per share. The stock has done quite well lately, though, rising almost 14% since the beginning of the year.

WD-40 reaps the benefits of having its small niche largely to itself. But beyond its namesake product, it also makes Lava soap and 2000 Flushes bathroom cleanser, putting itself up against much larger consumer-oriented giants like Unilever plc (ADR) (NYSE:UL)‘s Dove soap line and The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG)‘s numerous cleaning products.

What may be surprising is the extent to which WD-40 Company (NASDAQ:WDFC) has followed in Unilever and The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG)’s steps by looking to overseas markets for growth opportunities. Unfortunately, WD-40 has a much larger presence in Europe than in Asia, and given Europe’s struggles, the company could face tougher times ahead until the economy there manages to rebound. That’s consistent with The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG)’s challenges overseas, although Unilever has done a good job taking advantage of The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG)’s miscues to tap into global growth prospects.