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Can FEI Beat These Numbers?

Monday - 4/29/2013, 2:00am  ET

FEI is expected to report Q1 earnings on April 30. 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 FEI's revenues will grow 1.8% and EPS will expand 3.2%.

The average estimate for revenue is $221.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.65.

Revenue details
Last quarter, FEI recorded revenue of $230.9 million. GAAP reported sales were 8.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $213.0 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 $0.77. GAAP EPS of $0.72 were the same as 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 47.2%, 280 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 17.1%, 180 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 12.9%, 80 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $949.1 million. The average EPS estimate is $3.16.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 272 members out of 282 rating the stock outperform, and 10 members rating it underperform. Among 76 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 75 give FEI a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on FEI is outperform, with an average price target of $59.56.

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