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Does The Street Have ABB Figured Out?

By Seth Jayson – Updated Apr 10, 2017 at 1:48PM

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Checking expectations

ABB (NYSE: ABB) 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 ABB's revenues will increase 7.2% and EPS will grow 17.9%.

The average estimate for revenue is $9.55 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.33.

Revenue details
Last quarter, ABB logged revenue of $11.02 billion. GAAP reported sales were 4.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $10.57 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 $0.32. GAAP EPS of $0.26 for Q4 were 28% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.36 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 26.5%, 180 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.7%, 230 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.5%, 240 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $41.62 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.50.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,740 members out of 1,786 rating the stock outperform, and 46 members rating it underperform. Among 286 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 279 give ABB a green thumbs-up, and seven give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on ABB is outperform, with an average price target of $21.82.

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