AmeriGas Partners (NYSE: APU) is expected to report Q3 earnings around 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 AmeriGas Partners' revenue will improve 30.5% and EPS will remain in the red.

The average estimate for revenue is $614.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.77.

Revenue details
Last quarter, AmeriGas Partners chalked up revenue of $1.16 billion. GAAP reported sales were 27% higher than the prior-year quarter's $906.8 million.

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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 $1.82. GAAP EPS of $1.26 for Q2 were 13% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.45 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 42.0%, 430 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 17.2%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 11.6%, 140 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $3.08 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.10.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 190 members out of 207 rating the stock outperform, and 17 members rating it underperform. Among 61 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 58 give AmeriGas Partners a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on AmeriGas Partners is hold, with an average price target of $42.86.

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