Will Marriott International Beat These Analyst Estimates?

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Marriott International (NYS: MAR) 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 Marriott International's revenues will compress -1.1% and EPS will increase 19.6%.

The average estimate for revenue is $3.65 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.55.


Revenue details
Last quarter, Marriott International booked revenue of $2.73 billion. GAAP reported sales were 37% lower than the prior-year quarter's $829.0 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, EPS came in at $0.44. GAAP EPS were $0.44 for Q3 against -$0.52 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 66.5%, 6,220 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 40.1%, 5,750 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 27.6%, 4,920 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $11.70 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.70.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 322 members out of 457 rating the stock outperform, and 135 members rating it underperform. Among 130 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 104 give Marriott International a green thumbs-up, and 26 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Marriott International is outperform, with an average price target of $40.60.

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