Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV Beats Up on Analysts Yet Again

Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (NYSE: BUD  ) reported earnings on April 30. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins expanded across the board.

Revenue details
Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV reported revenue of $9.33 billion. The 12 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see sales of $9.33 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 3.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $9.00 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 $1.05. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.91 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.06 for Q1 were 74% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.61 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 58.7%, 200 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 30.9%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 18.1%, 740 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $10.02 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.09.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $40.62 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.64.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 219 members out of 240 rating the stock outperform, and 21 members rating it underperform. Among 66 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 63 give Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV is buy, with an average price target of $79.81.

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