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Can Huntsman Meet These Numbers?

Monday - 4/29/2013, 2:00am  ET

Huntsman 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 Huntsman's revenues will wane -7.1% and EPS will wither -75.7%.

The average estimate for revenue is $2.71 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.18.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Huntsman notched revenue of $2.62 billion. GAAP reported sales were 0.5% lower than the prior-year quarter's $2.63 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 $0.24. GAAP EPS were -$0.17 for Q4 compared to $0.44 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 16.0%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.4%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -1.5%, 550 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $11.28 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.67.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 629 members out of 657 rating the stock outperform, and 28 members rating it underperform. Among 185 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 181 give Huntsman 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 Huntsman is hold, with an average price target of $17.11.

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