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What Does Wall Street See for Lender Processing Services's Q1?

Monday - 4/22/2013, 2:00am  ET

Lender Processing Services is expected to report Q1 earnings on April 24. 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 Lender Processing Services's revenues will shrink -6.7% and EPS will expand 10.2%.

The average estimate for revenue is $472.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.65.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Lender Processing Services logged revenue of $501.0 million. GAAP reported sales were 4.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $427.2 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, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.74. GAAP EPS were $0.03 for Q4 compared to -$0.25 per share for the prior-year quarter.

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 29.5%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 13.3%, 830 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 0.6%, 560 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $1.86 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.61.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 102 members out of 124 rating the stock outperform, and 22 members rating it underperform. Among 30 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 26 give Lender Processing Services a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Lender Processing Services is hold, with an average price target of $26.25.

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