Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 28. 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 Universal Health Services's revenues will increase 2.1% and EPS will expand 2.2%.
The average estimate for revenue is $1.88 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.93.
Last quarter, Universal Health Services logged revenue of $1.87 billion. GAAP reported sales were 3.0% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.81 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 $0.91. GAAP EPS of $0.73 for Q3 were 15% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.86 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 44.9%, 150 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.6%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.8%, 90 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $7.51 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.10.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 119 members out of 127 rating the stock outperform, and eight members rating it underperform. Among 42 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 40 give Universal Health Services a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Universal Health Services is outperform, with an average price target of $50.86.
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