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Consolidated Communications Holdings Earnings Are on Deck

Monday - 5/6/2013, 2:00am  ET

Consolidated Communications Holdings is expected to report Q1 earnings on May 9. 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 Consolidated Communications Holdings's revenues will increase 68.2% and EPS will wither -17.6%.

The average estimate for revenue is $157.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.14.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Consolidated Communications Holdings reported revenue of $160.1 million. GAAP reported sales were 71% higher than the prior-year quarter's $93.7 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 $0.20. GAAP EPS of $0.03 for Q4 were 88% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.26 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 61.4%, 80 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 13.8%, 300 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 0.9%, 750 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $621.3 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.68.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 68 members out of 78 rating the stock outperform, and 10 members rating it underperform. Among 20 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 19 give Consolidated Communications Holdings 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 Consolidated Communications Holdings is outperform, with an average price target of $17.00.

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