51job (Nasdaq: JOBS ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 20. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:
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Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict 51job's revenues will grow 4.4% and EPS will expand 6.5%.
The average estimate for revenue is $61.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.66.
Last quarter, 51job reported revenue of $59.4 million. GAAP reported sales were 11% higher than the prior-year quarter's $51.1 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 $0.68. GAAP EPS of $0.61 for Q3 were 17% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.52 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 72.5%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 32.7%, 170 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 31.5%, 160 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $233.9 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.74.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 378 members out of 397 rating the stock outperform, and 19 members rating it underperform. Among 115 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 110 give 51job a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on 51job is buy, with an average price target of $52.45.
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