AFLAC (NYSE: AFL ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 5. 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 AFLAC's revenues will grow 9.4% and EPS will wither 0.0%.
The average estimate for revenue is $6.54 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.48.
Last quarter, AFLAC logged revenue of $6.85 billion. GAAP reported sales were 12% higher than the prior-year quarter's $6.06 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 $1.77. GAAP EPS of $2.16 for Q3 were 38% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.57 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 31.4%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 21.8%, 170 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 15.0%, 290 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $25.58 billion. The average EPS estimate is $6.60.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,941 members out of 2,024 rating the stock outperform, and 83 members rating it underperform. Among 600 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 585 give AFLAC 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 AFLAC is outperform, with an average price target of $55.63.
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