The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Altria Group missed slightly on revenues and beat slightly on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue contracted slightly. Non-GAAP earnings per share increased. GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins contracted across the board.
Altria Group booked revenue of $3.97 billion. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $4.03 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 38% higher than the prior-year quarter's $3.99 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 $0.54. The 13 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.53 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.54 for Q1 were 10% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.49 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.69 for Q1 were 17% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.59 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 48.4%, 690 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 38.9%, 210 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 25.1%, 480 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $4.62 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.63.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $17.58 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.39.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 8,651 members out of 8,976 rating the stock outperform, and 325 members rating it underperform. Among 2,240 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 2,202 give Altria Group a green thumbs-up, and 38 give it a red thumbs-down.
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