WellPoint (NYSE: WLP ) is expected to report Q1 earnings on April 24. 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 WellPoint's revenues will grow 18.2% and EPS will increase 1.3%.
The average estimate for revenue is $17.91 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $2.37.
Last quarter, WellPoint reported revenue of $15.27 billion. GAAP reported sales were 1.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $15.32 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 $1.03. GAAP EPS of $1.51 for Q4 were 57% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.96 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 20.4%, 160 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.8%, 140 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.0%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $71.70 billion. The average EPS estimate is $7.81.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 947 members out of 1,006 rating the stock outperform, and 59 members rating it underperform. Among 323 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 314 give WellPoint a green thumbs-up, and nine give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on WellPoint is outperform, with an average price target of $69.81.
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