What to Expect from Ctrip.com International

Ctrip.com International (Nasdaq: CTRP  ) 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 Ctrip.com International's revenues will expand 18.0% and EPS will wither -7.4%.

The average estimate for revenue is $173.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.25.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Ctrip.com International booked revenue of $186.6 million. GAAP reported sales were 22% higher than the prior-year quarter's $152.7 million.

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, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.35. GAAP EPS of $0.22 for Q3 were 33% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.33 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 75.6%, 120 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 16.2%, 1,500 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 16.5%, 1,690 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $671.4 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.01.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 4,050 members out of 4,220 rating the stock outperform, and 170 members rating it underperform. Among 1,063 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,021 give Ctrip.com International a green thumbs-up, and 42 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Ctrip.com International is hold, with an average price target of $17.96.

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