The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Waste Management's revenues will grow 2.1% and EPS will grow 7.9%.
The average estimate for revenue is $3.36 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.41.
Last quarter, Waste Management reported revenue of $3.43 billion. GAAP reported sales were 0.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $3.41 billion.
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 $0.57. GAAP EPS of $0.48 for Q4 were 17% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.58 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 35.2%, 180 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.4%, 180 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.5%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $14.01 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.15.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 2,646 members out of 2,701 rating the stock outperform, and 55 members rating it underperform. Among 708 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 700 give Waste Management a green thumbs-up, and eight give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Waste Management is hold, with an average price target of $34.63.
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