It's Showtime for Bridgepoint Education

Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI  ) is expected to report Q2 earnings on Aug. 7. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:

The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter with the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Bridgepoint Education's revenues will improve 8.8% and EPS will drop -17.8%.

The average estimate for revenue is $260.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.74.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Bridgepoint Education chalked up revenue of $250.4 million. GAAP reported sales were 9.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $229.4 million.

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 $0.71. GAAP EPS of $0.59 for Q1 were 36% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.92 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 72.7%, 300 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 25.2%, 1,230 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 13.2%, 1,030 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $1.03 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.52.

Investor sentiment
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Bridgepoint Education is hold, with an average price target of $30.30.

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