Are You Expecting This from Granite Construction?

Checking expectations

Seth Jayson
Seth Jayson
Feb 24, 2013 at 12:00AM
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Granite Construction (NYSE: GVA) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 28. 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 Granite Construction's revenues will expand 13.5% and EPS will grow 8.2%.

The average estimate for revenue is $612.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.53.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Granite Construction reported revenue of $728.5 million. GAAP reported sales were 0.0% lower than the prior-year quarter's $728.6 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, EPS came in at $0.94. GAAP EPS of $0.94 for Q3 were 1.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.93 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 13.9%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.2%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.1%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead


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The full year's average estimate for revenue is $2.20 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.23.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 219 members out of 241 rating the stock outperform, and 22 members rating it underperform. Among 79 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 69 give Granite Construction a green thumbs-up, and 10 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Granite Construction is outperform, with an average price target of $30.31.

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