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Are You Expecting This from Kraton Performance Polymers?

Monday - 4/29/2013, 2:00am  ET

Kraton Performance Polymers is expected to report Q1 earnings on May 1. 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 Kraton Performance Polymers's revenues will drop -12.8% and EPS will compress -42.9%.

The average estimate for revenue is $356.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.28.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Kraton Performance Polymers tallied revenue of $296.4 million. GAAP reported sales were 2.6% lower than the prior-year quarter's $304.2 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 -$0.21. GAAP EPS were -$0.91 for Q4 versus -$0.66 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 15.2%, 880 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -2.6%, 570 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -9.9%, 300 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $1.42 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.97.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 48 members out of 52 rating the stock outperform, and four members rating it underperform. Among 11 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 11 give Kraton Performance Polymers a green thumbs-up, and give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Kraton Performance Polymers is outperform, with an average price target of $27.60.

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