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Will These Numbers from Time Warner Cable Be Good Enough for You?

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

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Checking expectations

Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) 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 Time Warner Cable's revenues will grow 6.9% and EPS will increase 6.2%.

The average estimate for revenue is $5.49 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.38.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Time Warner Cable recorded revenue of $5.49 billion. GAAP reported sales were 9.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $4.99 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 $1.57. GAAP EPS of $1.68 for Q4 were 4.0% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.75 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 53.2%, 110 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 21.6%, 90 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.4%, 190 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $22.33 billion. The average EPS estimate is $6.55.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 195 members out of 237 rating the stock outperform, and 42 members rating it underperform. Among 71 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 64 give Time Warner Cable a green thumbs-up, and seven give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Time Warner Cable is outperform, with an average price target of $108.01.

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