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What to Expect from Royal Caribbean Cruises

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

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Checking expectations

Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE: RCL) 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 Royal Caribbean Cruises's revenues will grow 3.8% and EPS will compress -14.3%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.90 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.18.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Royal Caribbean Cruises reported revenue of $1.81 billion. GAAP reported sales were 1.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.78 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 $0.10. GAAP EPS were -$1.80 for Q4 compared to $0.17 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 30.4%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.8%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -21.7%, much worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $8.10 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.42.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 405 members out of 491 rating the stock outperform, and 86 members rating it underperform. Among 162 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 147 give Royal Caribbean Cruises a green thumbs-up, and 15 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Royal Caribbean Cruises is outperform, with an average price target of $37.19.

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