Group 1 Automotive
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Group 1 Automotive beat slightly on revenues and whiffed on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly. Non-GAAP earnings per share expanded. GAAP earnings per share dropped significantly.
Margins dropped across the board.
Group 1 Automotive notched revenue of $1.94 billion. The nine analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw a top line of $1.91 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 19% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.63 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 $0.99. The 11 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $1.19 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.99 for Q4 were 5.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.94 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.70 for Q4 were 17% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.84 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 14.5%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 2.7%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 0.9%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.91 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.16.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $8.22 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.43.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 95 members out of 133 rating the stock outperform, and 38 members rating it underperform. Among 52 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 45 give Group 1 Automotive 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 Group 1 Automotive is outperform, with an average price target of $71.89.
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