CF Industries Holdings' Upcoming Earnings: What You Need to Know

CF Industries Holdings (NYSE: CF  ) is expected to report Q2 earnings on Aug. 6. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:

The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict CF Industries Holdings' revenue will expand 6.5% and EPS will expand 28.1%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.92 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $8.66.

Revenue details
Last quarter, CF Industries Holdings reported revenue of $1.53 billion. GAAP reported sales were 30% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.17 billion.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $6.06. GAAP EPS of $5.54 for Q1 were 42% higher than the prior-year quarter's $3.91 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 46.6%, 190 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 43.2%, 130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 24.1%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $6.32 billion. The average EPS estimate is $25.43.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,227 members out of 1,275 rating the stock outperform, and 48 members rating it underperform. Among 238 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 228 give CF Industries Holdings a green thumbs-up, and 10 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on CF Industries Holdings is outperform, with an average price target of $207.51.

Seth Jayson had no position in any company mentioned here at the time of publication. You can view his stock holdings here. He is co-advisor of Motley Fool Hidden Gems, which provides new small-cap ideas every month, backed by a real-money portfolio. The Motley Fool owns shares of CF Industries Holdings. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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