Deluxe (NYSE: DLX ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 24. 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 Deluxe's revenues will grow 3.9% and EPS will expand 2.4%.
The average estimate for revenue is $380.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.85.
Last quarter, Deluxe logged revenue of $378.3 million. GAAP reported sales were 6.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $355.1 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 $0.85. GAAP EPS of $0.81 for Q3 were 14% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.71 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 65.2%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 20.0%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 11.0%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $1.51 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.44.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 205 members out of 226 rating the stock outperform, and 21 members rating it underperform. Among 65 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 59 give Deluxe a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Deluxe is buy, with an average price target of $35.67.
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