Will These Numbers from Pegasystems Be Good Enough for You?

Pegasystems (Nasdaq: PEGA  ) is expected to report Q4 earnings around Feb. 22. 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 Pegasystems's revenues will expand 6.7% and EPS will grow 106.3%.

The average estimate for revenue is $123.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.33.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Pegasystems reported revenue of $101.7 million. GAAP reported sales were 6.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $95.5 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.13. GAAP EPS were -$0.01 for Q3 versus $0.13 per share for the prior-year quarter.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 62.9%, 670 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 0.4%, 270 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -0.3%, 550 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $440.9 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.78.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 155 members out of 174 rating the stock outperform, and 19 members rating it underperform. Among 48 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 43 give Pegasystems 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 Pegasystems is hold, with an average price target of $31.10.

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