Accenture (NYSE: ACN ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Sep. 27. 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 Accenture's revenues will increase 1.0% and EPS will shrink -3.3%.
The average estimate for revenue is $6.75 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.88.
Last quarter, Accenture logged revenue of $7.15 billion. GAAP reported sales were 6.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $6.72 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Last quarter, EPS came in at $1.03. GAAP EPS of $1.03 for Q3 were 11% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.93 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 33.1%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.8%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.6%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $27.82 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.83.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,254 members out of 1,321 rating the stock outperform, and 67 members rating it underperform. Among 364 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 350 give Accenture a green thumbs-up, and 14 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Accenture is outperform, with an average price target of $69.45.
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