The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Genuine Parts missed estimates on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew. GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Gross margins contracted, operating margins increased, net margins increased.
Genuine Parts logged revenue of $3.12 billion. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $3.19 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 $1.03. The nine earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.93 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.03 for Q4 were 20% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.86 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 29.2%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.1%, 110 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.1%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $3.34 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.00.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $13.74 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.35.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 347 members out of 368 rating the stock outperform, and 21 members rating it underperform. Among 141 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 134 give Genuine Parts a green thumbs-up, and seven give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Genuine Parts is hold, with an average price target of $65.67.
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