CF Industries Holdings (NYSE: CF) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 19. 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 CF Industries Holdings's revenues will contract -7.8% and EPS will drop -4.1%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.58 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $6.84.

Revenue details
Last quarter, CF Industries Holdings reported revenue of $1.36 billion. GAAP reported sales were 3.2% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.40 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 $5.85. GAAP EPS of $6.35 for Q3 were 34% higher than the prior-year quarter's $4.73 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 51.6%, 620 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 48.4%, 530 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 29.7%, 610 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $6.21 billion. The average EPS estimate is $27.66.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,260 members out of 1,306 rating the stock outperform, and 46 members rating it underperform. Among 281 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 273 give CF Industries Holdings a green thumbs-up, and eight give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on CF Industries Holdings is hold, with an average price target of $232.61.

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