Are You Expecting This From Stonemor Partners?

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Stonemor Partners (NYS: STON) is expected to report Q2 earnings on Aug. 7. 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 Stonemor Partners' revenues will grow 2.9% and EPS will shrink to a loss.

The average estimate for revenue is $61.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.07.


Revenue details
Last quarter, Stonemor Partners logged revenue of $59.6 million. GAAP reported sales were 21% higher than the prior-year quarter's $49.2 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, EPS came in at $0.10. GAAP EPS were $0.10 for Q1 compared to -$0.40 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 59.7%, 200 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.6%, 460 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.4%, 1,810 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $244.0 million. The average EPS estimate is -$0.15.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 356 members out of 378 rating the stock outperform, and 22 members rating it underperform. Among 107 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 101 give Stonemor Partners a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Stonemor Partners is outperform, with an average price target of $30.33.

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The article Are You Expecting This From Stonemor Partners? originally appeared on Fool.com.

Seth Jayson had no position in any company mentioned here at the time of publication. You can view his stock holdings here. He is the co-advisor ofMotley Fool Hidden Gems, which provides new small-cap ideas every month, backed by a real-money portfolio. The Motley Fool owns shares of Stonemor Partners. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Stonemor Partners. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't 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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