SAP Increases Sales but Misses Estimates on Earnings

SAP (NYSE: SAP  ) reported earnings on Jan. 25. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), SAP beat expectations on revenue and missed expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased, and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.

Gross margins expanded, operating margins dropped, and net margins expanded.

Revenue details
SAP booked revenue of $5.84 billion. The 25 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see sales of $5.68 billion. Sales were 7.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $5.44 billion.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.40. The 14 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $1.41 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $1.41 for Q4 were 172% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.48 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 74.1%, 40 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 36.9%, 80 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 26.7%, 1,600 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $4.46 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.71.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $20.73 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.19.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 325 members out of 371 rating the stock outperform, and 46 members rating it underperform. Among 110 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 97 give SAP a green thumbs-up, and 13 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on SAP is hold, with an average price target of $60.75.

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