McDonald's (NYSE: MCD ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 23. 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 McDonald's revenues will grow 1.1% and EPS will wane 0.0%.
The average estimate for revenue is $6.89 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.33.
Last quarter, McDonald's logged revenue of $7.15 billion. GAAP reported sales were 0.2% lower than the prior-year quarter's $7.17 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 $1.43. GAAP EPS of $1.43 for Q3 were 1.4% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.45 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 39.9%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 31.2%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 20.3%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $27.52 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.31.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 5,920 members out of 6,214 rating the stock outperform, and 294 members rating it underperform. Among 1,550 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,504 give McDonald's a green thumbs-up, and 46 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on McDonald's is outperform, with an average price target of $98.70.
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