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Will These Numbers from Total System Services Be Good Enough for You?

Friday - 4/19/2013, 2:00am  ET

Total System Services is expected to report Q1 earnings on April 23. 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 Total System Services's revenues will expand 3.6% and EPS will grow 10.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $477.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.33.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Total System Services logged revenue of $479.1 million. GAAP reported sales were 1.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $472.2 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 $0.32. GAAP EPS of $0.32 for Q4 were 3.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.31 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 34.1%, 250 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 18.9%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 12.7%, much about the same as the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $2.01 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.46.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 182 members out of 197 rating the stock outperform, and 15 members rating it underperform. Among 64 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 61 give Total System Services 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 Total System Services is outperform, with an average price target of $25.12.

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