The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Sysco's revenues will expand 5.8% and EPS will wane -3.5%.
The average estimate for revenue is $11.04 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.55.
Last quarter, Sysco booked revenue of $10.50 billion. GAAP reported sales were 7.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $9.76 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 $0.49. GAAP EPS of $0.44 were the same as the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 17.8%, 100 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.2%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.5%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $42.29 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.97.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,271 members out of 1,324 rating the stock outperform, and 53 members rating it underperform. Among 396 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 388 give Sysco 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 Sysco is hold, with an average price target of $30.22.
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