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United Parcel Service, in the Spotlight Soon

By Seth Jayson – Updated Apr 10, 2017 at 1:46PM

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Checking expectations

United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) is expected to report Q1 earnings on April 25. 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 United Parcel Service's revenues will grow 2.3% and EPS will grow 2.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $13.44 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.02.

Revenue details
Last quarter, United Parcel Service chalked up revenue of $14.57 billion. GAAP reported sales were 2.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $14.17 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 $1.32. GAAP EPS were -$1.83 for Q4 compared to $0.74 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 -8.0%, much worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -19.0%, much worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -12.0%, much worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $56.57 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.97.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,603 members out of 1,818 rating the stock outperform, and 215 members rating it underperform. Among 490 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 446 give United Parcel Service a green thumbs-up, and 44 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on United Parcel Service is outperform, with an average price target of $83.26.

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