Are You Expecting This from Expeditors International of Washington?

Checking expectations

Seth Jayson
Seth Jayson
Feb 16, 2013 at 12:00AM
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Expeditors International of Washington (Nasdaq: EXPD) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 20. 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 Expeditors International of Washington's revenues will grow 0.5% and EPS will shrink 0.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.51 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.43.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Expeditors International of Washington logged revenue of $1.53 billion. GAAP reported sales were 4.7% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.61 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 $0.42. GAAP EPS of $0.42 for Q3 were 16% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.50 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 12.5%, 80 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.5%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.8%, 80 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $5.96 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.60.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 510 members out of 535 rating the stock outperform, and 25 members rating it underperform. Among 181 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 177 give Expeditors International of Washington a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Expeditors International of Washington is outperform, with an average price target of $41.08.

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