Can R.R. Donnelley & Sons Beat These Numbers?

Checking expectations

Seth Jayson
Seth Jayson
Feb 24, 2013 at 12:00AM
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R.R. Donnelley & Sons (Nasdaq: RRD) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 26. 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 R.R. Donnelley & Sons's revenues will wither -6.4% and EPS will shrink -19.6%.

The average estimate for revenue is $2.55 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.37.

Revenue details
Last quarter, R.R. Donnelley & Sons logged revenue of $2.51 billion. GAAP reported sales were 6.5% lower than the prior-year quarter's $2.68 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 $0.51. GAAP EPS of $0.39 for Q3 were 53% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.83 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 22.8%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.0%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.8%, 310 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $10.12 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.81.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 156 members out of 188 rating the stock outperform, and 32 members rating it underperform. Among 54 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 46 give R.R. Donnelley & Sons 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 R.R. Donnelley & Sons is outperform, with an average price target of $17.17.

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