BCE (NYSE: BCE ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 7. 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 BCE's revenues will increase 2.1% and EPS will grow 8.2%.
The average estimate for revenue is $5.19 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.66.
Last quarter, BCE logged revenue of $5.06 billion. GAAP reported sales were 7.0% higher than the prior-year quarter's $4.73 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 $0.77. GAAP EPS of $0.75 for Q3 were 5.1% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.79 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 41.0%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 23.9%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 12.1%, 160 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $20.06 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.19.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 237 members out of 260 rating the stock outperform, and 23 members rating it underperform. Among 73 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 67 give BCE a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on BCE is hold, with an average price target of $41.53.
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