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Silver Wheaton Earnings Up Next

Monday - 3/18/2013, 4:25pm  ET

Silver Wheaton is expected to report Q4 earnings on March 21. 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 Silver Wheaton's revenues will grow 33.6% and EPS will grow 17.1%.

The average estimate for revenue is $256.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.48.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Silver Wheaton reported revenue of $161.3 million. GAAP reported sales were 13% lower than the prior-year quarter's $185.2 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 $0.34. GAAP EPS of $0.34 for Q3 were 11% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.38 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 86.7%, 190 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 73.6%, 430 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 74.2%, 130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $818.6 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.66.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 2,623 members out of 2,733 rating the stock outperform, and 110 members rating it underperform. Among 497 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 473 give Silver Wheaton a green thumbs-up, and 24 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Silver Wheaton is outperform, with an average price target of $44.00.

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