TravelCenters of America (NYSE: TA) is expected to report Q2 earnings around Aug. 6. 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 TravelCenters of America's revenues will grow 3.8% and EPS will compress -4.8%.

The average estimate for revenue is $2.12 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.00.

Revenue details
Last quarter, TravelCenters of America logged revenue of $1.96 billion. GAAP reported sales were 1.9% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.99 billion.

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.

EPS details
Last quarter, EPS came in at -$0.41. GAAP EPS were -$0.41 for Q1 against -$0.49 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.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 4.1%, 40 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -0.4%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -0.6%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $8.25 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.02.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 101 members out of 118 rating the stock outperform, and 17 members rating it underperform. Among 43 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 38 give TravelCenters of America a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on TravelCenters of America is outperform, with an average price target of $11.83.

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