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Will These Numbers from Molson Coors Brewing Be Good Enough for You?

Molson Coors Brewing (NYSE: TAP  ) is expected to report Q1 earnings on May 7. 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 Molson Coors Brewing's revenues will grow 24.0% and EPS will compress -25.5%.

The average estimate for revenue is $857.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.35.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Molson Coors Brewing reported revenue of $1.03 billion. GAAP reported sales were 9.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $937.3 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, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.69. GAAP EPS of $0.33 for Q4 were 66% lower 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.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 36.4%, 520 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.4%, 350 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.8%, much worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $4.45 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.02.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 825 members out of 862 rating the stock outperform, and 37 members rating it underperform. Among 251 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 243 give Molson Coors Brewing a green thumbs-up, and eight give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Molson Coors Brewing is hold, with an average price target of $45.89.

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