CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL ) is expected to report Q1 earnings on May 8. 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 CenturyLink's revenues will wither -2.2% and EPS will grow 1.5%.
The average estimate for revenue is $4.51 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.69.
Last quarter, CenturyLink tallied revenue of $4.58 billion. GAAP reported sales were 1.5% lower than the prior-year quarter's $4.65 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 $0.67. GAAP EPS of $0.37 for Q4 were 106% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.18 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 68.3%, 180 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.9%, 210 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.1%, 280 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $18.15 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.66.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 518 members out of 573 rating the stock outperform, and 55 members rating it underperform. Among 161 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 142 give CenturyLink a green thumbs-up, and 19 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on CenturyLink is outperform, with an average price target of $44.42.
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