ABB's Latest EPS Tops Last Year's by 20%

ABB (NYSE: ABB  ) reported earnings on Feb. 17. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), ABB beat expectations on revenues and whiffed on earnings per share.

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

Gross margin dropped, operating margin dropped, and net margin improved.

Revenue details
ABB chalked up revenue of $10.57 billion. The 21 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for revenue of $10.32 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $9.18 billion.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.36. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.43 per share. The GAAP EPS of $0.36 for Q4 was 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.31 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 28.3%, 100 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.9%, 90 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.9%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $8.85 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.32.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $39.95 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.56.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,753 members out of 1,798 rating the stock outperform, and 45 members rating it underperform. Among 372 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 366 give ABB a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on ABB is outperform, with an average price target of $24.62.

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    Thanks Seth, you seems to folllow the companies I have shares in...

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