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It's Showtime for Whirlpool

Monday - 4/22/2013, 2:00am  ET

Whirlpool 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 Whirlpool's revenues will increase 1.0% and EPS will grow 39.0%.

The average estimate for revenue is $4.39 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.96.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Whirlpool logged revenue of $4.79 billion. GAAP reported sales were 2.5% lower than the prior-year quarter's $4.91 billion.

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 $2.29. GAAP EPS of $1.53 for Q4 were 42% lower than the prior-year quarter's $2.62 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 15.8%, 200 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.5%, 40 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.5%, 170 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $18.76 billion. The average EPS estimate is $9.62.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 334 members out of 416 rating the stock outperform, and 82 members rating it underperform. Among 116 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 105 give Whirlpool a green thumbs-up, and 11 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Whirlpool is outperform, with an average price target of $106.17.

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