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How the Wheels Came Off USA Mobility's Bus

USA Mobility (Nasdaq: USMO  ) reported earnings on Feb. 22. Here are the numbers you need to know.

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

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

Margins contracted across the board.

Revenue details
USA Mobility reported revenue of $58.9 million. The one analyst polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $59.6 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 7.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $54.6 million.

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

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.43. The one earnings estimate compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.60 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.84 for Q4 were 54% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.81 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 66.2%, 220 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 21.1%, 1,400 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 32.1%, 4,210 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $58.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.56.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $228.1 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.11.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 193 members out of 220 rating the stock outperform, and 27 members rating it underperform. Among 59 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 46 give USA Mobility a green thumbs-up, and 13 give it a red thumbs-down.

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