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Can Mueller Water Products Beat These Numbers?

Monday - 4/29/2013, 2:00am  ET

Mueller Water Products is expected to report Q2 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 Mueller Water Products's revenues will expand 7.2% and EPS will turn positive

The average estimate for revenue is $269.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.02.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Mueller Water Products logged revenue of $245.1 million. GAAP reported sales were 14% higher than the prior-year quarter's $215.4 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 -$0.02. GAAP EPS were $0.04 for Q1 compared to -$0.08 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 23.3%, 120 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 3.1%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.9%, 840 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $1.12 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.14.

Investor sentiment

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Mueller Water Products is outperform, with an average price target of $5.50.

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