Energen (NYSE: EGN) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 24. 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 Energen's revenues will expand 45.3% and EPS will contract -20.4%.

The average estimate for revenue is $418.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.78.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Energen reported revenue of $295.3 million. GAAP reported sales were 22% lower than the prior-year quarter's $378.6 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 $0.44. GAAP EPS of $0.03 for Q3 were 98% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.21 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 53.0%, 1,460 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 6.6%, 3,310 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 0.7%, 2,240 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $1.49 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.30.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 266 members out of 275 rating the stock outperform, and nine members rating it underperform. Among 70 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 68 give Energen a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Energen is outperform, with an average price target of $59.67.

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