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It's Showtime for Lennar

Monday - 3/18/2013, 5:10pm  ET

Lennar is expected to report Q1 earnings on March 20. 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 Lennar's revenues will expand 28.4% and EPS will expand 100.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $931.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.16.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Lennar logged revenue of $1.35 billion. GAAP reported sales were 42% higher than the prior-year quarter's $952.7 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, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.36. GAAP EPS of $0.56 for Q4 were 250% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.16 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 25.7%, 290 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.6%, 540 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.2%, 600 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $5.56 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.68.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 538 members out of 1,228 rating the stock outperform, and 690 members rating it underperform. Among 363 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 178 give Lennar a green thumbs-up, and 185 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Lennar is hold, with an average price target of $37.47.

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