Boyd Gaming (NYSE: BYD) is expected to report Q1 earnings on April 24. 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 Boyd Gaming's revenues will expand 16.3% and EPS will shrink to a loss.

The average estimate for revenue is $736.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.07.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Boyd Gaming chalked up revenue of $625.8 million. GAAP reported sales were 3.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $606.7 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 -$0.31. GAAP EPS were -$10.25 for Q4 versus -$0.01 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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 46.6%, 210 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 3.9%, 590 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -143.8%, much worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $2.91 billion. The average EPS estimate is -$0.21.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 382 members out of 441 rating the stock outperform, and 59 members rating it underperform. Among 117 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 101 give Boyd Gaming a green thumbs-up, and 16 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Boyd Gaming is hold, with an average price target of $6.08.

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