Ferrellgas Partners (NYSE: FGP) is expected to report Q4 earnings around Sep. 26. 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 Ferrellgas Partners's revenues will wither -11.1% and EPS will remain in the red.

The average estimate for revenue is $399.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.42.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Ferrellgas Partners booked revenue of $629.6 million. GAAP reported sales were 14% lower than the prior-year quarter's $732.4 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 $0.27. GAAP EPS of $0.26 for Q3 were much higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.04 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 28.4%, 260 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 7.4%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.3%, 290 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $2.40 billion. The average EPS estimate is -$0.14.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 125 members out of 180 rating the stock outperform, and 55 members rating it underperform. Among 53 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 33 give Ferrellgas Partners a green thumbs-up, and 20 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Ferrellgas Partners is underperform, with an average price target of $13.00.

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