The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Waters's revenues will increase 2.9% and EPS will increase 9.0%.
The average estimate for revenue is $432.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.09.
Last quarter, Waters logged revenue of $521.8 million. GAAP reported sales were 0.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $521.4 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.59. GAAP EPS of $2.01 for Q4 were 32% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.52 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 60.1%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 32.2%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 33.7%, 740 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $1.93 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.35.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 315 members out of 329 rating the stock outperform, and 14 members rating it underperform. Among 93 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 92 give Waters a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Waters is outperform, with an average price target of $88.82.
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