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Can FreightCar America Beat These Numbers?

Monday - 4/29/2013, 2:00am  ET

FreightCar America 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 FreightCar America's revenues will drop -47.8% and EPS will shrink -93.8%.

The average estimate for revenue is $114.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.05.

Revenue details
Last quarter, FreightCar America notched revenue of $116.6 million. GAAP reported sales were 38% lower than the prior-year quarter's $187.1 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, EPS came in at -$0.08. GAAP EPS were -$0.08 for Q4 against $0.71 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 7.0%, 190 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 0.0%, 430 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -0.8%, 530 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $435.3 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.71.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 737 members out of 779 rating the stock outperform, and 42 members rating it underperform. Among 207 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 199 give FreightCar America a green thumbs-up, and eight give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on FreightCar America is hold, with an average price target of $22.00.

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