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MicroStrategy Earnings Are on Deck

Monday - 1/28/2013, 9:57am  ET

MicroStrategy is expected to report Q4 earnings around Jan. 30. 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 MicroStrategy's revenues will wane -0.1% and EPS will expand 22.2%.

The average estimate for revenue is $160.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.99.

Revenue details
Last quarter, MicroStrategy logged revenue of $143.2 million. GAAP reported sales were 1.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $141.7 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 $0.43. GAAP EPS of $0.43 for Q3 were 2.3% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.44 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 73.8%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.7%, 360 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.3%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $590.0 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.07.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 187 members out of 220 rating the stock outperform, and 33 members rating it underperform. Among 71 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 58 give MicroStrategy a green thumbs-up, and 13 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on MicroStrategy is hold, with an average price target of $130.00.

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