Stericycle (SRCL) reports its fourth quarter earnings on Thursday, February 2, 2012.

What to Expect:

The consensus estimate is 74 cents per share, up 7.2% from a year ago when Stericycle reported earnings of 69 cents per share.

For the fiscal year, analysts are projecting earnings of $ 2.82 per share.

Revenue is projected to be 12.6% above the year-earlier total of $ 393.5 million at $ 443 million for the quarter. For the year, revenue is expected to come in at $ 1.67 billion.

Trends to Watch For:

The last four quarters have each brought the company double-digit year-over-year revenue growth. Over that time span, revenue has increased by an average of 19.6%, with the largest growth in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year when it rose 25.5% year-over-year.

For three consecutive quarters, the company’s net income has increased. In the most recent quarter, profit increased 4.5% year-over-year. Going back two quarters, net income rose 4.6% in the second quarter and 15.7% in the first quarter.

Analyst Ratings:

The majority of analysts (66.7%) rate Stericycle as a buy. This compares favorably to the analyst ratings of its nearest 10 competitors, which average 34.8% buys. Analyst sentiment has waned during the last three months.

Competitors:

Stericycle manages regulated waste and provides a variety of related services internationally. One of Stericycle’s main competitors in the commercial services and supplies industry, Waste Management (WM), will report earnings on February 16, 2012. Another competitor in the industrials sector is Republic Services (RSG).

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