Cintas (Nasdaq: CTAS ) is expected to report Q3 earnings on March 19. 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 Cintas's revenues will expand 4.3% and EPS will grow 6.9%.
The average estimate for revenue is $1.06 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.62.
Last quarter, Cintas booked revenue of $1.06 billion. GAAP reported sales were 4.0% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.02 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 $0.63. GAAP EPS of $0.62 for Q2 were 8.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.57 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 40.9%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 13.3%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.4%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $4.28 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.54.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 363 members out of 386 rating the stock outperform, and 23 members rating it underperform. Among 167 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 164 give Cintas a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Cintas is hold, with an average price target of $42.29.
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