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Coming Soon: Royal Dutch Shell Earnings

Monday - 4/29/2013, 2:00am  ET

Royal Dutch Shell is expected to report Q1 earnings on May 2. 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 Royal Dutch Shell's revenues will shrink 0.0% and EPS will wane -9.8%.

The average estimate for revenue is $119.91 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $2.11.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Royal Dutch Shell booked revenue of $118.05 billion. GAAP reported sales were 2.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $115.58 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 $1.78. GAAP EPS of $1.06 for Q4 were 1.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.04 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 14.7%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 7.1%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.7%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $462.50 billion. The average EPS estimate is $8.24.

Investor sentiment

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Royal Dutch Shell is hold, with an average price target of $77.90.

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