The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q4), Hillenbrand met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share grew.
Margins dropped across the board.
Hillenbrand notched revenue of $253.5 million. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $255.6 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 9.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $231.2 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.50. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.42 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.40 for Q4 were 5.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.38 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 39.5%, 90 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.2%, 290 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.8%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $237.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.40.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.18 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.81.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 365 members out of 370 rating the stock outperform, and five members rating it underperform. Among 119 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 119 give Hillenbrand a green thumbs-up, and give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Hillenbrand is outperform, with an average price target of $25.00.
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