Kroger (NYSE: KR) is expected to report Q4 earnings on March 7. 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 Kroger's revenues will expand 12.2% and EPS will increase 38.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $24.01 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.69.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Kroger notched revenue of $21.81 billion. GAAP reported sales were 5.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $20.59 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 $0.46. GAAP EPS of $0.60 for Q3 were 82% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.33 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 20.3%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 2.7%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.5%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $96.52 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.48.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 622 members out of 692 rating the stock outperform, and 70 members rating it underperform. Among 194 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 184 give Kroger 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 Kroger is outperform, with an average price target of $27.43.

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