Walter Energy (NYSE: WLT ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 20. 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 Walter Energy's revenues will wane -28.0% and EPS will shrink to a loss.
The average estimate for revenue is $503.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.90.
Last quarter, Walter Energy booked revenue of $612.0 million. GAAP reported sales were 10% lower than the prior-year quarter's $683.7 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 $0.48. GAAP EPS were -$16.97 for Q3 versus $1.39 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 26.7%, 1,180 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.7%, 1,830 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -173.4%, 18,610 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $2.42 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.70.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,505 members out of 1,593 rating the stock outperform, and 88 members rating it underperform. Among 381 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 363 give Walter Energy a green thumbs-up, and 18 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Walter Energy is hold, with an average price target of $49.54.
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