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What to Expect from AZZ

By Seth Jayson – Updated Apr 10, 2017 at 1:54PM

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Checking expectations

AZZ (NYSE: AZZ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on April 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 AZZ's revenues will grow 15.6% and EPS will increase 4.3%.

The average estimate for revenue is $142.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.48.

Revenue details
Last quarter, AZZ notched revenue of $149.7 million. GAAP reported sales were 28% higher than the prior-year quarter's $116.5 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 $0.60. GAAP EPS of $0.60 for Q3 were 54% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.39 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 30.1%, 370 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 18.1%, 140 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 10.3%, 170 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $573.1 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.26.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 792 members out of 813 rating the stock outperform, and 21 members rating it underperform. Among 196 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 194 give AZZ 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 AZZ is buy, with an average price target of $40.33.

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