It's Showtime for Shaw Group

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Shaw Group (NYS: SHAW) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Oct. 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 Shaw Group's revenues will wither -0.8% and EPS will drop -375.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $1.47 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.21.


Revenue details
Last quarter, Shaw Group booked revenue of $1.56 billion. GAAP reported sales were 4.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.49 billion.

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 -$0.09. GAAP EPS were -$0.24 for Q3 compared to -$0.89 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 4.9%, 420 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 1.4%, 550 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -1.0%, 370 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $6.02 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.16.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 540 members out of 577 rating the stock outperform, and 37 members rating it underperform. Among 113 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 101 give Shaw Group 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 Shaw Group is hold, with an average price target of $34.57.

The article It's Showtime for Shaw Group originally appeared on Fool.com.

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