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It's Showtime for Crown Holdings

Monday - 1/28/2013, 9:59am  ET

Crown Holdings is expected to report Q4 earnings on 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 Crown Holdings's revenues will shrink -0.8% and EPS will grow 12.5%.

The average estimate for revenue is $2.04 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.54.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Crown Holdings booked revenue of $2.30 billion. GAAP reported sales were 5.0% lower than the prior-year quarter's $2.42 billion.

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 $1.00. GAAP EPS of $2.20 for Q3 were 162% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.84 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 18.0%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.0%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 14.1%, 880 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $8.50 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.84.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 133 members out of 140 rating the stock outperform, and seven members rating it underperform. Among 48 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 45 give Crown Holdings 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 Crown Holdings is outperform, with an average price target of $42.45.

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