Can Fuel Systems Solutions Beat These Numbers?

Fuel Systems Solutions (Nasdaq: FSYS  ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on March 8. 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 Fuel Systems Solutions's revenues will compress -19.9% and EPS will shrink to a loss.

The average estimate for revenue is $88.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.03.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Fuel Systems Solutions recorded revenue of $89.6 million. GAAP reported sales were 10% lower than the prior-year quarter's $99.8 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, EPS came in at -$0.03. GAAP EPS were -$0.03 for Q3 against -$0.02 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 21.0%, 380 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 0.2%, 320 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -0.7%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $384.7 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.00.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 468 members out of 528 rating the stock outperform, and 60 members rating it underperform. Among 104 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 81 give Fuel Systems Solutions 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 Fuel Systems Solutions is hold, with an average price target of $21.17.

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  • Report this Comment On March 05, 2013, at 10:47 AM, expoiltthespread wrote:

    the expectations are so low that it will be very difficult for FSYS to miss them. The key will be forward guidance.....the market does not care about history, only yhr future. This one is due for some raised guidance, if it can last long enough before a suitor gobbles it up.

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