Inergy (NYSE: NRGY) is expected to report Q4 earnings around Oct. 26. 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 Inergy's revenues will wither -32.8% and EPS will remain in the red.

The average estimate for revenue is $301.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.17.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Inergy recorded revenue of $371.6 million. GAAP reported sales were 4.4% lower than the prior-year quarter's $388.7 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 -$0.08. GAAP EPS were -$0.17 for Q3 compared to -$0.32 per share for 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 35.0%, 490 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 2.4%, 460 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -5.9%, 320 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $2.00 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.11.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 218 members out of 235 rating the stock outperform, and 17 members rating it underperform. Among 66 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 61 give Inergy a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Inergy is hold, with an average price target of $21.20.

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