eBay Earnings Up Next

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eBay (NAS: EBAY) is expected to report Q4 earnings around Jan. 16. 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 eBay's revenues will grow 17.6% and EPS will grow 15.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $3.98 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.69.


Revenue details
Last quarter, eBay tallied revenue of $3.40 billion. GAAP reported sales were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.97 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 $0.55. GAAP EPS of $0.45 for Q3 were 22% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.37 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 70.0%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 19.6%, 150 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 17.5%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $14.05 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.35.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 3,760 members out of 4,327 rating the stock outperform, and 567 members rating it underperform. Among 1,255 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,169 give eBay a green thumbs-up, and 86 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on eBay is outperform, with an average price target of $51.01.

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The article eBay Earnings Up Next originally appeared on Fool.com.

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