It's Showtime for TRW Automotive Holdings

Checking expectations

Seth Jayson
Seth Jayson
Feb 11, 2013 at 12:00AM
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TRW Automotive Holdings (NYSE: TRW) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 15. 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 TRW Automotive Holdings's revenues will wane -2.3% and EPS will drop -27.7%.

The average estimate for revenue is $3.89 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.33.

Revenue details
Last quarter, TRW Automotive Holdings reported revenue of $3.97 billion. GAAP reported sales were 1.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $3.92 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 $1.24. GAAP EPS of $1.28 for Q3 were 4.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.22 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 10.4%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 6.7%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.1%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $16.29 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.89.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 209 members out of 257 rating the stock outperform, and 48 members rating it underperform. Among 93 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 84 give TRW Automotive Holdings a green thumbs-up, and nine give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on TRW Automotive Holdings is outperform, with an average price target of $60.45.

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