Lowe's (NYSE: LOW ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 25. 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 Lowe's revenues will contract -6.9% and EPS will contract -20.7%.
The average estimate for revenue is $10.82 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.23.
Last quarter, Lowe's recorded revenue of $12.07 billion. GAAP reported sales were 1.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $11.85 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 $0.40. GAAP EPS of $0.35 for Q3 were 94% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.18 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 34.3%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 6.7%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.3%, 140 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $50.32 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.73.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 2,140 members out of 2,432 rating the stock outperform, and 292 members rating it underperform. Among 730 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 679 give Lowe's a green thumbs-up, and 51 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Lowe's is hold, with an average price target of $31.08.
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