What to Expect from American Eagle Outfitters

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American Eagle Outfitters (NYS: AEO) is expected to report Q3 earnings on Nov. 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 American Eagle Outfitters's revenues will grow 4.6% and EPS will grow 44.4%.

The average estimate for revenue is $870.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.39.


Revenue details
Last quarter, American Eagle Outfitters chalked up revenue of $739.7 million. GAAP reported sales were 11% higher than the prior-year quarter's $669.1 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 $0.21. GAAP EPS of $0.09 for Q2 were 10% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.10 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 37.4%, 210 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.0%, 330 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.6%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $3.41 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.37.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 2,158 members out of 2,316 rating the stock outperform, and 158 members rating it underperform. Among 734 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 698 give American Eagle Outfitters a green thumbs-up, and 36 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on American Eagle Outfitters is outperform, with an average price target of $23.48.

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The article What to Expect from American Eagle Outfitters originally appeared on Fool.com.

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