Rofin-Sinar Technologies (Nasdaq: RSTI) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Nov. 8. 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 Rofin-Sinar Technologies's revenues will compress -25.1% and EPS will shrink -53.3%.

The average estimate for revenue is $127.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.28.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Rofin-Sinar Technologies logged revenue of $131.7 million. GAAP reported sales were 15% lower than the prior-year quarter's $154.9 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, EPS came in at $0.29. GAAP EPS of $0.29 for Q3 were 44% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.52 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 37.5%, 170 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.1%, 500 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.3%, 350 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $532.3 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.30.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,204 members out of 1,228 rating the stock outperform, and 24 members rating it underperform. Among 362 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 359 give Rofin-Sinar Technologies a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Rofin-Sinar Technologies is outperform, with an average price target of $29.47.

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