VeriSign (Nasdaq: VRSN ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 24. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:
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Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict VeriSign's revenues will grow 12.6% and EPS will increase 27.5%.
The average estimate for revenue is $229.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.51.
Last quarter, VeriSign reported revenue of $223.5 million. GAAP reported sales were 13% higher than the prior-year quarter's $197.0 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 $0.50. GAAP EPS of $0.47 for Q3 were 31% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.36 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 81.5%, 270 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 51.9%, 520 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 34.9%, 500 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $872.9 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.88.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 268 members out of 321 rating the stock outperform, and 53 members rating it underperform. Among 85 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 73 give VeriSign a green thumbs-up, and 12 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on VeriSign is hold, with an average price target of $47.25.
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