Does The Street Have Zoltek Companies Figured Out?

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Zoltek Companies (NAS: ZOLT) is expected to report Q2 earnings around May 1. 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 Zoltek Companies's revenues will wane -20.2% and EPS will contract 0.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $37.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.10.


Revenue details
Last quarter, Zoltek Companies reported revenue of $35.9 million. GAAP reported sales were 24% lower than the prior-year quarter's $47.0 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 $0.09. GAAP EPS of $0.09 for Q1 were 68% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.28 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 25.3%, 270 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.2%, 720 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.3%, much worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $156.4 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.44.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 721 members out of 765 rating the stock outperform, and 44 members rating it underperform. Among 140 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 127 give Zoltek Companies a green thumbs-up, and 13 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Zoltek Companies is hold, with an average price target of $8.50.

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