Sun Hydraulics (Nasdaq: SNHY) is expected to report Q4 earnings on March 4. 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 Sun Hydraulics's revenues will contract -9.3% and EPS will decrease -4.2%.

The average estimate for revenue is $41.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.23.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Sun Hydraulics booked revenue of $48.8 million. GAAP reported sales were 7.9% lower than the prior-year quarter's $53.0 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 $0.34. GAAP EPS of $0.34 for Q3 were 23% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.44 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 39.7%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 27.0%, 220 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 18.1%, 340 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $202.5 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.41.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,309 members out of 1,326 rating the stock outperform, and 17 members rating it underperform. Among 406 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 404 give Sun Hydraulics a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Sun Hydraulics is hold, with an average price target of $28.50.

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