ICON Public (NAS: ICLR) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 19. 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 ICON Public's revenues will grow 20.3% and EPS will grow 371.4%.
The average estimate for revenue is $292.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.33.
Last quarter, ICON Public logged revenue of $285.5 million. GAAP reported sales were 19% higher than the prior-year quarter's $240.8 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Last quarter, EPS came in at $0.29. GAAP EPS were $0.29 for Q3 versus -$0.04 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 35.8%, 160 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 7.3%, 680 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.2%, 730 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $1.10 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.99.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 346 members out of 355 rating the stock outperform, and nine members rating it underperform. Among 98 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 95 give ICON Public a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on ICON Public is outperform, with an average price target of $25.76.
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