Chiquita Brands International Earnings Up Next

Checking expectations

Seth Jayson
Seth Jayson
May 6, 2013 at 12:00AM
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Chiquita Brands International (NYSE: CQB) is expected to report Q1 earnings on May 7. 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 Chiquita Brands International's revenues will wither -2.0% and EPS will expand 275.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $777.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.15.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Chiquita Brands International chalked up revenue of $738.0 million. GAAP reported sales were 2.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $721.7 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 -$0.24. GAAP EPS were -$7.24 for Q4 against -$0.36 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 9.6%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -2.3%, 250 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -45.4%, much worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead


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The full year's average estimate for revenue is $3.11 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.64.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 272 members out of 316 rating the stock outperform, and 44 members rating it underperform. Among 71 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 59 give Chiquita Brands International a green thumbs-up, and 12 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Chiquita Brands International is outperform, with an average price target of $12.00.

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