DST Systems (NYSE: DST ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 31. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:
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Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict DST Systems's revenues will increase 3.2% and EPS will wane -6.7%.
The average estimate for revenue is $471.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.98.
Last quarter, DST Systems tallied revenue of $464.0 million. GAAP reported sales were 6.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $591.4 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 $0.96. GAAP EPS of $1.87 for Q3 were 146% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.76 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 14.1%, 210 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.6%, 190 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 13.6%, 760 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $1.88 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.36.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 116 members out of 124 rating the stock outperform, and eight members rating it underperform. Among 44 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 43 give DST Systems a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on DST Systems is outperform, with an average price target of $58.40.
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