Coming Soon: Dole Food Earnings

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Dole Food (NYS: DOLE) is expected to report Q2 earnings on July 19. 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 Dole Food's revenues will wither 4.8% and EPS will decrease 26.5%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.82 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.72.


Revenue details
Last quarter, Dole Food reported revenue of $1.63 billion. GAAP reported sales were 3.5% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.69 billion.

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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 $0.16. GAAP EPS of $0.19 for Q1 were much higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.01 per share.

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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 10.5%, 180 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 2.7%, 220 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.0%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $7.06 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.22.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 86 members out of 91 rating the stock outperform, and five members rating it underperform. Among 19 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 16 give Dole Food 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 Dole Food is outperform, with an average price target of $12.21.

At the time this article was published Seth Jayson had no position in any company mentioned here at the time of publication. You can view his stock holdings here. He is co-advisor ofMotley Fool Hidden Gems, which provides new small-cap ideas every month, backed by a real-money portfolio. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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