Casey's General Stores, in the Spotlight Soon

Checking expectations

Seth Jayson
Seth Jayson
Sep 5, 2012 at 12:00AM
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Casey's General Stores (Nasdaq: CASY) is expected to report Q1 earnings around Sep. 10. 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 Casey's General Stores's revenues will expand 2.5% and EPS will wane -7.8%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.92 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.95.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Casey's General Stores notched revenue of $1.75 billion. GAAP reported sales were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.05 billion.

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 $0.60. GAAP EPS of $0.60 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.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 20.0%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 3.6%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.9%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $7.74 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.17.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 117 members out of 131 rating the stock outperform, and 14 members rating it underperform. Among 39 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 35 give Casey's General Stores a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Casey's General Stores is outperform, with an average price target of $57.53.

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