National Instruments's Upcoming Earnings: What You Need To Know

National Instruments (NAS: NATI) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 31. 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 National Instruments's revenues will expand 1.6% and EPS will expand 19.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $282.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.25.


Revenue details
Last quarter, National Instruments logged revenue of $290.0 million. GAAP reported sales were 14% higher than the prior-year quarter's $255.0 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 $0.26. GAAP EPS of $0.20 for Q3 were 82% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.11 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 74.7%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.4%, 610 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.4%, 340 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $1.13 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.99.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 378 members out of 399 rating the stock outperform, and 21 members rating it underperform. Among 169 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 166 give National Instruments 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 National Instruments is outperform, with an average price target of $31.20.

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