BCE (NYSE: BCE ) is expected to report Q1 earnings on May 9. 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 BCE's revenues will wane -0.9% and EPS will wane -6.7%.
The average estimate for revenue is $4.87 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.70.
Last quarter, BCE reported revenue of $5.18 billion. GAAP reported sales were 1.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $5.08 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 $0.65. GAAP EPS of $0.91 for Q4 were 49% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.61 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 37.5%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 20.7%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 14.4%, 450 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $20.01 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.98.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 241 members out of 264 rating the stock outperform, and 23 members rating it underperform. Among 71 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 66 give BCE a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on BCE is hold, with an average price target of $44.01.
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