The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), PulteGroup beat expectations on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
PulteGroup booked revenue of $1.57 billion. The 14 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated revenue of $1.50 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 24% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.26 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 $0.15. The 17 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.32 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.15 for Q4 were 275% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.04 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 14.9%, 340 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 3.2%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.7%, 260 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.17 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.15.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $6.13 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.14.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 621 members out of 1,302 rating the stock outperform, and 681 members rating it underperform. Among 348 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 163 give PulteGroup a green thumbs-up, and 185 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on PulteGroup is hold, with an average price target of $18.28.
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