United Continental Holdings (NYSE: UAL ) is expected to report Q4 earnings around Jan. 26. 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 United Continental Holdings's revenues will shrink -2.7% and EPS will shrink to a loss.
The average estimate for revenue is $8.69 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.52.
Last quarter, United Continental Holdings reported revenue of $9.91 billion. GAAP reported sales were 2.6% lower than the prior-year quarter's $10.17 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.35. GAAP EPS of $0.02 for Q3 were 99% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.69 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 26.4%, 290 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 7.2%, 320 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 0.1%, 630 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $37.13 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.65.
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 387 members out of 783 rating the stock outperform, and 396 members rating it underperform. Among 202 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 92 give United Continental Holdings a green thumbs-up, and 110 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on United Continental Holdings is outperform, with an average price target of $26.18.
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