MTS Systems (Nasdaq: MTSC) is expected to report Q1 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 MTS Systems's revenues will increase 1.3% and EPS will compress -20.4%.

The average estimate for revenue is $135.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.78.

Revenue details
Last quarter, MTS Systems logged revenue of $137.8 million. GAAP reported sales were 4.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $131.6 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 $0.94. GAAP EPS of $0.95 were the same as 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 41.7%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.7%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 11.1%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $578.5 million. The average EPS estimate is $4.05.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 70 members out of 78 rating the stock outperform, and eight members rating it underperform. Among 22 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 20 give MTS Systems 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 MTS Systems is buy, with an average price target of $68.00.

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