Leggett & Platt (NYSE: LEG ) reported earnings on Feb. 4. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Leggett & Platt missed estimates on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue was unchanged and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
Leggett & Platt reported revenue of $853.0 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for a top line of $878.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 0.1% lower than the prior-year quarter's $854.1 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 $0.32. The four earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.36 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.50 for Q4 were much higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.06 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 20.8%, 360 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.9%, 280 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.6%, 760 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $980.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.38.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.92 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.64.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 212 members out of 251 rating the stock outperform, and 39 members rating it underperform. Among 85 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 76 give Leggett & Platt a green thumbs-up, and nine give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Leggett & Platt is outperform, with an average price target of $28.50.
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