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Will These Numbers from Century Aluminum Be Good Enough for You?

By Seth Jayson - Updated Apr 10, 2017 at 1:44PM

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Checking expectations

Century Aluminum (Nasdaq: CENX) 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 Century Aluminum's revenues will expand 0.1% and EPS will remain in the red.

The average estimate for revenue is $326.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.04.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Century Aluminum logged revenue of $317.7 million. GAAP reported sales were 0.2% lower than the prior-year quarter's $318.2 million.

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 -$0.08. GAAP EPS were -$0.08 for Q4 versus -$0.32 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 5.2%, 950 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 0.8%, 690 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -2.2%, 760 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $1.30 billion. The average EPS estimate is -$0.02.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 428 members out of 468 rating the stock outperform, and 40 members rating it underperform. Among 105 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 95 give Century Aluminum a green thumbs-up, and 10 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Century Aluminum is hold, with an average price target of $8.22.

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