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Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict First Solar's revenues will wither -23.8% and EPS will wane -64.8%.
The average estimate for revenue is $729.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.58.
Last quarter, First Solar booked revenue of $755.2 million. GAAP reported sales were 52% higher than the prior-year quarter's $497.1 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures are normalized by S&P Capital IQ and may vary to maintain comparability with normalized estimates.
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.69. GAAP EPS were $0.66 for Q1 against -$5.20 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures are normalized by S&P Capital IQ and may vary to maintain comparability with normalized estimates.
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 22.4%, 700 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.4%, much better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.8%, much better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $3.83 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.17.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 3,161 members out of 3,905 rating the stock outperform, and 744 members rating it underperform. Among 600 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 424 give First Solar a green thumbs-up, and 176 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on First Solar is hold, with an average price target of $26.56.
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