Will Advance Auto Parts Beat These Analyst Estimates?

Checking expectations

Seth Jayson
Seth Jayson
Feb 3, 2013 at 12:00AM
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Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 7. 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 Advance Auto Parts's revenues will expand 0.3% and EPS will wane -15.6%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.33 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.76.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Advance Auto Parts recorded revenue of $1.46 billion. GAAP reported sales were 0.5% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.46 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, EPS came in at $1.21. GAAP EPS of $1.21 for Q3 were 14% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.41 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 49.8%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.3%, 180 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.1%, 110 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead


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The full year's average estimate for revenue is $6.21 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.11.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 233 members out of 259 rating the stock outperform, and 26 members rating it underperform. Among 90 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 83 give Advance Auto Parts a green thumbs-up, and seven give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Advance Auto Parts is hold, with an average price target of $77.33.

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