Wendy's (Nasdaq: WEN ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 16. 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 Wendy's revenues will grow 4.0% and EPS will compress 0.0%.
The average estimate for revenue is $639.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.04.
Last quarter, Wendy's reported revenue of $636.3 million. GAAP reported sales were 4.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $611.4 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.03. GAAP EPS were -$0.07 for Q3 versus -$0.01 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 24.8%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 6.7%, 250 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -4.1%, 350 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $2.52 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.13.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 587 members out of 729 rating the stock outperform, and 142 members rating it underperform. Among 173 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 135 give Wendy's a green thumbs-up, and 38 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Wendy's is hold, with an average price target of $5.07.
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