Costco (Nasdaq: COST ) is expected to report Q2 earnings on March 6. 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 Costco's revenues will expand 9.2% and EPS will expand 17.8%.
The average estimate for revenue is $25.07 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.06.
Last quarter, Costco tallied revenue of $23.72 billion. GAAP reported sales were 9.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $21.63 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Last quarter, EPS came in at $0.95. GAAP EPS of $0.95 for Q1 were 30% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.73 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 12.6%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 2.7%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.8%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $106.39 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.50.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 4,502 members out of 4,661 rating the stock outperform, and 159 members rating it underperform. Among 1,349 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,326 give Costco a green thumbs-up, and 23 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Costco is outperform, with an average price target of $103.41.
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