Lincoln Electric Holdings (Nasdaq: LECO ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 15. 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 Lincoln Electric Holdings's revenues will drop -0.7% and EPS will grow 8.8%.
The average estimate for revenue is $689.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.74.
Last quarter, Lincoln Electric Holdings logged revenue of $697.6 million. GAAP reported sales were 0.6% lower than the prior-year quarter's $701.6 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 $0.80. GAAP EPS of $0.77 for Q3 were 17% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.66 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 30.6%, 420 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 13.2%, 250 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.3%, 140 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $2.86 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.10.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 375 members out of 382 rating the stock outperform, and seven members rating it underperform. Among 147 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 146 give Lincoln Electric Holdings 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 Lincoln Electric Holdings is outperform, with an average price target of $52.67.
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