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Compass Minerals International Earnings Are on Deck

By Seth Jayson - Updated Apr 7, 2017 at 12:09PM

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Checking expectations

Compass Minerals International (NYSE: CMP) is expected to report Q3 earnings on Oct. 29. 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 Compass Minerals International's revenues will wane -23.4% and EPS will drop -68.9%.

The average estimate for revenue is $175.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.32.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Compass Minerals International booked revenue of $178.5 million. GAAP reported sales were 0.8% lower than the prior-year quarter's $179.9 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 $0.31. GAAP EPS of $0.28 for Q2 were 33% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.42 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 21.0%, 360 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.1%, 420 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.3%, 250 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $1.01 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.34.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 760 members out of 785 rating the stock outperform, and 25 members rating it underperform. Among 176 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 169 give Compass Minerals International a green thumbs-up, and seven give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Compass Minerals International is hold, with an average price target of $79.86.

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