Will Waste Management Beat These Analyst Estimates?

Waste Management (NYSE: WM) is expected to report Q2 earnings on July 26. 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 Waste Management's revenues will grow 4.9% and EPS will shrink 1.9%.

The average estimate for revenue is $3.51 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.53.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Waste Management tallied revenue of $3.30 billion. GAAP reported sales were 6.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $3.10 billion.

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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 $0.38. GAAP EPS of $0.37 for Q1 were 5.1% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.39 per share.

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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 34.3%, 140 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.3%, 150 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.2%, 80 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $13.87 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.21.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 2,615 members out of 2,671 rating the stock outperform, and 56 members rating it underperform. Among 638 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 627 give Waste Management a green thumbs-up, and 11 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Waste Management is hold, with an average price target of $33.43.

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