Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) is scheduled to report Q1 after the market close on Wednesday, February 6, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Green Mountain is engaged in the specialty coffee and coffee maker businesses and owns Keurig... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 65c on revenue of $1.33B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 62c-71c on revenue of $1.13B-$1.37B... LAST QUARTER: Green Mountain reported Q4 EPS of 64c against estimates for 48c on revenue of $946.7M against estimates for $902M. The company forecast Q1 EPS 62c-67c ex-items and net sales growth of 14%-18%. Green Mountain also guided FY13 EPS $2.64-$2.74 ex-items against estimates of $2.71 on FY13 net sales growth 15%-20% over FY12. On its Q4 earnings conference call, Green Mountain said it was "comfortable" with 15%-20% top-line growth over next few years and guided FY13 free cash flow $100M-$150M. The company said its business is not dependent on any one partner brand. During the quarter, Green Mountain named Norman H. Wesley as chairman... STREET RESEARCH: During the quarter, shares were upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus to reflect favorable coffee prices and recent initiatives, including its distribution agreement with Starbucks (SBUX). Longbow said that demand growth for Keurig brewers and K-Cups either held firm or accelerated through the end of the latest peak holiday season at most of the retailers contacted by the firm. Roth Capital believes the company will raise its FY13 guidance... PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Green Mountain shares have increased almost 90%. Year-to-date, shares are up almost 14%.
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