SUPERVALU's Upcoming Earnings: What You Need To Know

SUPERVALU (NYSE: SVU  ) is expected to report Q3 earnings around Jan. 9. 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 SUPERVALU's revenues will shrink -5.2% and EPS will shrink -70.8%.

The average estimate for revenue is $7.90 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.07.

Revenue details
Last quarter, SUPERVALU tallied revenue of $8.04 billion. GAAP reported sales were 4.6% lower than the prior-year quarter's $8.43 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 $0.00. GAAP EPS were -$0.52 for Q2 against $0.28 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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 21.4%, 80 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 1.5%, 110 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -1.4%, 210 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $34.51 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.49.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 799 members out of 887 rating the stock outperform, and 88 members rating it underperform. Among 236 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 208 give SUPERVALU a green thumbs-up, and 28 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on SUPERVALU is hold, with an average price target of $3.30.

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