The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Nov. 30 (Q4), McCormick missed estimates on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded and GAAP earnings per share grew.
Gross margins contracted, operating margins contracted, net margins grew.
McCormick logged revenue of $1.15 billion. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see a top line of $1.17 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 3.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.11 billion.
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 $1.11. The 13 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $1.14 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.11 for Q4 were 13% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.98 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 42.1%, 100 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 17.5%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 13.0%, 110 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $951.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.62.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $4.29 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.33.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 393 members out of 409 rating the stock outperform, and 16 members rating it underperform. Among 160 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 157 give McCormick 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 McCormick is hold, with an average price target of $64.33.
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