Eaton (NYSE: ETN ) is expected to report Q4 earnings around Jan. 20. 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 Eaton's revenues will expand 6.1% and EPS will wither -13.0%.
The average estimate for revenue is $4.28 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.94.
Last quarter, Eaton tallied revenue of $3.95 billion. GAAP reported sales were 4.2% lower than the prior-year quarter's $4.12 billion.
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 $1.07. GAAP EPS of $1.02 for Q3 were 4.7% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.07 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 31.1%, 130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 11.2%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.7%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $16.28 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.09.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 850 members out of 870 rating the stock outperform, and 20 members rating it underperform. Among 281 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 279 give Eaton a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Eaton is outperform, with an average price target of $52.68.
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