Bemis (NYSE: BMS) is expected to report Q4 earnings around Jan. 28. 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 Bemis's revenues will contract -3.3% and EPS will increase 11.1%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.23 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.50.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Bemis notched revenue of $1.29 billion. GAAP reported sales were 5.2% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.36 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 $0.60. GAAP EPS of $0.45 for Q3 were 15% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.53 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 19.2%, 270 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.6%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.7%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $5.14 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.12.

Investor sentiment

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Bemis is hold, with an average price target of $32.18.

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