United Continental Holdings (NYSE: UAL ) reported earnings on Jan. 24. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), United Continental Holdings met expectations on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped slightly and GAAP loss per share expanded.
Margins shrank across the board.
United Continental Holdings logged revenue of $8.70 billion. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted sales of $8.69 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 2.5% lower than the prior-year quarter's $8.93 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 -$0.58. The 15 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast -$0.52 per share. GAAP EPS were -$1.87 for Q4 compared to -$0.49 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 21.7%, 270 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -0.3%, 360 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -7.1%, 560 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $8.70 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.48.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $38.45 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.85.
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 388 members out of 786 rating the stock outperform, and 398 members rating it underperform. Among 199 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 93 give United Continental Holdings a green thumbs-up, and 106 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on United Continental Holdings is outperform, with an average price target of $26.14.
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