Black Hills (NYSE: BKH) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 31. 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 Black Hills's revenues will increase 2.6% and EPS will compress 0.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $365.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.62.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Black Hills logged revenue of $246.8 million. GAAP reported sales were 1.1% lower than the prior-year quarter's $249.5 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 $0.42. GAAP EPS were $0.78 for Q3 versus -$0.27 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 41.5%, 850 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 20.5%, 460 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 14.0%, 1,820 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $1.37 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.04.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 93 members out of 104 rating the stock outperform, and 11 members rating it underperform. Among 42 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 40 give Black Hills 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 Black Hills is outperform, with an average price target of $38.20.

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