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Can DuPont Meet These Numbers?

By Seth Jayson - Updated Apr 7, 2017 at 12:20PM

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Checking expectations

DuPont (NYSE: DD) is expected to report Q3 earnings on Oct. 23. 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 DuPont's revenues will wane -11.5% and EPS will drop -27.5%.

The average estimate for revenue is $8.17 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.50.

Revenue details
Last quarter, DuPont tallied revenue of $11.01 billion. GAAP reported sales were 6.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $10.38 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, non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.48. GAAP EPS of $1.25 for Q2 were 3.1% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.29 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 30.5%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.0%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 10.7%, 100 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $38.00 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 1,684 members out of 1,790 rating the stock outperform, and 106 members rating it underperform. Among 455 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 443 give DuPont a green thumbs-up, and 12 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on DuPont is outperform, with an average price target of $57.88.

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