The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Jan. 31 (Q4), Autodesk beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew slightly. Non-GAAP earnings per share expanded significantly. GAAP earnings per share increased.
Gross margins contracted, operating margins dropped, net margins expanded.
Autodesk reported revenue of $606.9 million. The 16 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $586.1 million 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 $0.53. The 18 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.49 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.53 for Q4 were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.46 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.32 for Q4 were 3.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.31 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 89.8%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.1%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 12.3%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $590.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.49.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.44 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.13.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 777 members out of 835 rating the stock outperform, and 58 members rating it underperform. Among 260 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 254 give Autodesk a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Autodesk is hold, with an average price target of $38.31.
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