Coming Soon: Mercer International Earnings

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Mercer International (NAS: MERC) is expected to report Q2 earnings on Aug. 2. Here's what Wall Street wants to see.

The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter with the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Mercer International's revenues will shrink -18.8% and EPS will shrink -76.2%.

The average estimate for revenue is $272.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.10.


Revenue details
Last quarter, Mercer International notched revenue of $287.3 million. GAAP reported sales were 9.6% lower than the prior-year quarter's $317.9 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 $0.01. GAAP EPS of $0.03 for Q1 were 96% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.73 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 18.8%, 830 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 7.5%, 880 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 0.5%, 1,250 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $1.04 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.32.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 157 members out of 171 rating the stock outperform, and 14 members rating it underperform. Among 35 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 34 give Mercer International a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Mercer International is hold, with an average price target of $9.07.

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