Can Rockwood Holdings Beat These Numbers?

Checking expectations

Seth Jayson
Seth Jayson
Feb 13, 2013 at 12:00AM
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Rockwood Holdings (NYSE: ROC) is expected to report Q4 earnings around Feb. 16. 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 Rockwood Holdings's revenues will decrease -2.9% and EPS will wane -48.4%.

The average estimate for revenue is $790.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.47.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Rockwood Holdings logged revenue of $862.8 million. GAAP reported sales were 8.3% lower than the prior-year quarter's $940.9 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 $0.77 for Q3 were 19% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.95 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 31.0%, 420 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.9%, 360 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.1%, 100 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead


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The full year's average estimate for revenue is $3.49 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.91.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 351 members out of 366 rating the stock outperform, and 15 members rating it underperform. Among 136 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 135 give Rockwood Holdings a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Rockwood Holdings is outperform, with an average price target of $54.83.

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