Pike Electric (NYSE: PIKE) is expected to report Q3 earnings on May 6. 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 Pike Electric's revenues will increase 24.7% and EPS will grow 66.7%.

The average estimate for revenue is $202.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.10.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Pike Electric booked revenue of $273.7 million. GAAP reported sales were 59% higher than the prior-year quarter's $172.0 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 $0.67. GAAP EPS of $0.67 for Q2 were 379% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.14 per share.

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 21.6%, 680 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.4%, 880 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.6%, 580 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $938.6 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.16.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 94 members out of 105 rating the stock outperform, and 11 members rating it underperform. Among 26 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 24 give Pike Electric a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Pike Electric is outperform, with an average price target of $13.00.

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