Chesapeake Utilities (NYSE: CPK ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on March 7. 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 Chesapeake Utilities's revenues will grow 4.2% and EPS will grow 14.7%.
The average estimate for revenue is $108.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.86.
Last quarter, Chesapeake Utilities reported revenue of $78.2 million. GAAP reported sales were 3.0% lower than the prior-year quarter's $80.6 million.
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 $0.33. GAAP EPS of $0.33 for Q3 were 32% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.25 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 20.3%, 430 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.7%, 280 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.1%, 110 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $391.8 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.83.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 97 members out of 106 rating the stock outperform, and nine members rating it underperform. Among 27 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 27 give Chesapeake Utilities a green thumbs-up, and give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Chesapeake Utilities is buy, with an average price target of $48.33.
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