AutoNation (NYSE: AN ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 31. 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 AutoNation's revenues will expand 8.2% and EPS will increase 25.5%.
The average estimate for revenue is $3.98 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.64.
Last quarter, AutoNation tallied revenue of $3.93 billion. GAAP reported sales were 12% higher than the prior-year quarter's $3.51 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Last quarter, EPS came in at $0.66. GAAP EPS of $0.66 for Q3 were 38% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.48 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 15.8%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.2%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.1%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $15.47 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.51.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 168 members out of 231 rating the stock outperform, and 63 members rating it underperform. Among 74 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 59 give AutoNation a green thumbs-up, and 15 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on AutoNation is hold, with an average price target of $37.89.
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