It's Showtime for DreamWorks Animation SKG

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DreamWorks Animation SKG (NAS: DWA) is expected to report Q1 earnings on April 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 DreamWorks Animation SKG's revenues will compress -29.5% and EPS will shrink to a loss.

The average estimate for revenue is $96.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.01.


Revenue details
Last quarter, DreamWorks Animation SKG reported revenue of $264.7 million. GAAP reported sales were 21% higher than the prior-year quarter's $219.0 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, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.31. GAAP EPS were -$0.98 for Q4 versus $0.28 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 24.7%, 250 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.3%, 220 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -31.3%, much worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $684.9 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.66.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,107 members out of 1,182 rating the stock outperform, and 75 members rating it underperform. Among 338 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 323 give DreamWorks Animation SKG a green thumbs-up, and 15 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on DreamWorks Animation SKG is hold, with an average price target of $18.63.

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