The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), AO Smith beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
AO Smith chalked up revenue of $524.3 million. The 13 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $499.5 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 10% higher than the prior-year quarter's $475.8 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 $0.91. The 15 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.81 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.84 for Q4 were 22% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.69 per share. (The prior-year quarter included $0.01 per share in earnings from discontinued operations.)
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 35.4%, 280 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 11.6%, 110 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.5%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $506.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.79.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.08 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.43.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 157 members out of 161 rating the stock outperform, and four members rating it underperform. Among 46 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 44 give AO Smith a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on AO Smith is outperform, with an average price target of $63.56.
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