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Are You Expecting This from Liquidity Services?

Monday - 4/29/2013, 2:00am  ET

Liquidity Services is expected to report Q2 earnings on May 2. 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 Liquidity Services's revenues will grow 12.1% and EPS will wane -2.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $140.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.48.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Liquidity Services booked revenue of $122.2 million. GAAP reported sales were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $106.0 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 $0.41. GAAP EPS of $0.20 for Q1 were 29% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.28 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 43.0%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.8%, 280 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.5%, 310 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $544.2 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.97.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 523 members out of 548 rating the stock outperform, and 25 members rating it underperform. Among 151 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 147 give Liquidity 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 Liquidity Services is buy, with an average price target of $57.85.

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