It's Showtime for Heartland Payment Systems
Heartland Payment Systems (NYS: HPY) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Feb. 7. 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 Heartland Payment Systems's revenues will grow 10.4% and EPS will expand 50.0%.
The average estimate for revenue is $138.2 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.42.
Last quarter, Heartland Payment Systems chalked up revenue of $143.4 million. GAAP reported sales were 0.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $531.9 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.53. GAAP EPS of $0.48 for Q3 were 55% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.31 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 14.4%, 370 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 6.3%, 220 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.6%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $545.6 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.83.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 391 members out of 410 rating the stock outperform, and 19 members rating it underperform. Among 164 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 160 give Heartland Payment Systems a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Heartland Payment Systems is hold, with an average price target of $34.50.
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