International Paper (NYSE: IP ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 29. 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 International Paper's revenues will expand 9.3% and EPS will decrease -1.5%.
The average estimate for revenue is $6.96 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.65.
Last quarter, International Paper recorded revenue of $7.03 billion. GAAP reported sales were 5.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $6.63 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 $0.75. GAAP EPS of $0.54 for Q3 were 50% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.08 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 26.8%, 90 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.4%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.4%, 370 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $27.68 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.46.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 434 members out of 502 rating the stock outperform, and 68 members rating it underperform. Among 158 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 150 give International Paper a green thumbs-up, and eight give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on International Paper is outperform, with an average price target of $40.47.
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