What to Expect from Chiquita Brands International

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Chiquita Brands International (NYS: CQB) is expected to report Q4 earnings around Feb. 21. 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 Chiquita Brands International's revenues will increase 2.2% and EPS will remain in the red.

The average estimate for revenue is $737.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.34.


Revenue details
Last quarter, Chiquita Brands International booked revenue of $714.0 million. GAAP reported sales were 1.2% lower than the prior-year quarter's $722.8 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 -$0.47. GAAP EPS were -$1.45 for Q3 against -$0.63 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 10.0%, 140 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -2.1%, 90 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -9.3%, 530 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $3.08 billion. The average EPS estimate is -$0.44.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 274 members out of 319 rating the stock outperform, and 45 members rating it underperform. Among 77 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 65 give Chiquita Brands International a green thumbs-up, and 12 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Chiquita Brands International is outperform, with an average price target of $7.50.

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