It's Showtime for PriceSmart

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PriceSmart (NAS: PSMT) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Oct. 30. 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 PriceSmart's revenues will grow 14.2% and EPS will grow 31.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $511.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.55.


Revenue details
Last quarter, PriceSmart logged revenue of $506.8 million. GAAP reported sales were 18% higher than the prior-year quarter's $429.4 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 $0.52. GAAP EPS of $0.52 for Q3 were 3.7% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.54 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 15.9%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.0%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.1%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $2.05 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.23.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 496 members out of 514 rating the stock outperform, and 18 members rating it underperform. Among 116 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 107 give PriceSmart a green thumbs-up, and nine give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on PriceSmart is outperform, with an average price target of $74.75.

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