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What to Expect from Sunoco Logistics Partners

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

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Checking expectations

Sunoco Logistics Partners (NYSE: SXL) is expected to report Q1 earnings around 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 Sunoco Logistics Partners's revenues will increase 3.5% and EPS will grow 3.9%.

The average estimate for revenue is $3.53 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.80.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Sunoco Logistics Partners reported revenue of $3.19 billion. GAAP reported sales were 5.5% lower than the prior-year quarter's $3.38 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, EPS came in at $1.10. GAAP EPS of $1.10 for Q4 were 86% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.59 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 8.0%, 210 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.0%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.4%, 210 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $13.89 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.42.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 188 members out of 199 rating the stock outperform, and 11 members rating it underperform. Among 56 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 54 give Sunoco Logistics Partners a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Sunoco Logistics Partners is outperform, with an average price target of $55.23.

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