Cloud Peak Energy (NYSE: CLD) is expected to report Q1 earnings on April 30. 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 Cloud Peak Energy's revenues will wane -6.6% and EPS will shrink -42.6%.

The average estimate for revenue is $348.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.27.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Cloud Peak Energy notched revenue of $374.8 million. GAAP reported sales were 6.9% lower than the prior-year quarter's $402.5 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, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.54. GAAP EPS of $0.46 for Q4 were 36% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.72 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 25.4%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.5%, 250 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.5%, 340 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $1.47 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.20.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 184 members out of 190 rating the stock outperform, and six members rating it underperform. Among 40 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 37 give Cloud Peak Energy a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Cloud Peak Energy is outperform, with an average price target of $21.93.

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