Nielsen Holdings (NYSE: NLSN ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 11. 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 Nielsen Holdings's revenues will grow 4.0% and EPS will expand 15.7%.
The average estimate for revenue is $1.48 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.59.
Last quarter, Nielsen Holdings booked revenue of $1.42 billion. GAAP reported sales were 0.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.41 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 $0.53. GAAP EPS of $0.29 for Q3 were 3.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.28 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 60.3%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 20.0%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.4%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $5.65 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.83.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 19 members out of 23 rating the stock outperform, and four members rating it underperform. Among five CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), five give Nielsen Holdings a green thumbs-up, and give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Nielsen Holdings is outperform, with an average price target of $33.86.
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