Western Union (NYSE: WU) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 12. 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 Western Union's revenues will compress -2.3% and EPS will wane -12.5%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.40 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.35.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Western Union tallied revenue of $1.42 billion. GAAP reported sales were 0.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.41 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 $0.46. GAAP EPS of $0.45 for Q3 were 18% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.38 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 44.0%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 26.4%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 19.0%, 200 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $5.64 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.67.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,584 members out of 1,635 rating the stock outperform, and 51 members rating it underperform. Among 461 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 447 give Western Union a green thumbs-up, and 14 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Western Union is hold, with an average price target of $21.74.

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