ANN INC (NYSE: ANN) is expected to report Q4 earnings on March 8. 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 ANN INC's revenues will increase 7.9% and EPS will compress -70.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $611.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.03.

Revenue details
Last quarter, ANN INC recorded revenue of $612.5 million. GAAP reported sales were 8.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $564.0 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, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.76. GAAP EPS of $0.84 for Q3 were 38% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.61 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 57.9%, 40 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.9%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.7%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $2.38 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.07.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 180 members out of 262 rating the stock outperform, and 82 members rating it underperform. Among 96 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 68 give ANN INC a green thumbs-up, and 28 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on ANN INC is outperform, with an average price target of $41.00.

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