Nielsen Holdings (NYSE: NLSN ) reported earnings on Feb. 11. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Nielsen Holdings met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share dropped significantly.
Gross margins contracted, operating margins grew, net margins dropped.
Nielsen Holdings chalked up revenue of $1.46 billion. The 16 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated sales of $1.48 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were the same as the prior-year quarter's.
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 $0.62. The 18 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.58 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.11 for Q4 were 58% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.26 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 60.1%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 21.0%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.7%, 400 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.40 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.36.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $5.90 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.07.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 19 members out of 23 rating the stock outperform, and four members rating it underperform. Among five CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), five give Nielsen Holdings a green thumbs-up, and give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Nielsen Holdings is outperform, with an average price target of $34.73.
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