Broadcom (NAS: BRCM) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Jan. 29. 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 Broadcom's revenues will expand 13.3% and EPS will grow 8.8%.

The average estimate for revenue is $2.06 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.74.


Revenue details
Last quarter, Broadcom logged revenue of $2.13 billion. GAAP reported sales were 9.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.91 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 $0.79. GAAP EPS of $0.38 for Q3 were 21% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.48 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 49.4%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.7%, 400 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 10.6%, 360 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $7.97 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.90.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 970 members out of 1,048 rating the stock outperform, and 78 members rating it underperform. Among 239 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 221 give Broadcom a green thumbs-up, and 18 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Broadcom is outperform, with an average price target of $41.80.

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The article Broadcom's Upcoming Earnings: What You Need To Know originally appeared on Fool.com.

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