What Does Wall Street See for Danaher's Q4?

Danaher (NYSE: DHR  ) 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 Danaher's revenues will grow 1.9% and EPS will grow 7.4%.

The average estimate for revenue is $4.80 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.87.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Danaher booked revenue of $4.42 billion. GAAP reported sales were 0.7% lower than the prior-year quarter's $4.45 billion.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Last quarter, EPS came in at $0.77. GAAP EPS of $0.77 for Q3 were 4.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.74 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 51.6%, 250 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 16.7%, 260 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 12.4%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $18.09 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.20.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 519 members out of 542 rating the stock outperform, and 23 members rating it underperform. Among 168 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 166 give Danaher a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Danaher is outperform, with an average price target of $60.11.

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