The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 29 (Q4), SunOpta beat expectations on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased. Non-GAAP earnings per share expanded. GAAP earnings per share increased.
Gross margins shrank, operating margins expanded, net margins increased.
SunOpta logged revenue of $270.1 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for net sales of $263.5 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 $0.08. The nine earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.09 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.08 for Q4 were 14% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.07 per share. (The prior-year quarter included -$0.05 per share in earnings from discontinued operations.) GAAP EPS were $0.06 for Q4 versus -$0.12 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 10.7%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 2.5%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.6%, 450 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $283.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.11.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.17 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.47.
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 226 members out of 328 rating the stock outperform, and 102 members rating it underperform. Among 82 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 32 give SunOpta a green thumbs-up, and 50 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on SunOpta is outperform, with an average price target of $8.31.
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