So, the Wheels Came Off Innospec's Bus

Innospec (Nasdaq: IOSP  ) reported earnings on May 6. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Innospec missed estimates on revenues and whiffed on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue shrank slightly. Non-GAAP earnings per share dropped significantly. GAAP earnings per share dropped significantly.

Margins dropped across the board.

Revenue details
Innospec chalked up revenue of $199.4 million. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated net sales of $205.6 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 details
EPS came in at $0.72. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.87 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.72 for Q1 were 28% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.00 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.75 for Q1 were 27% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.03 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 32.0%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 11.3%, 470 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.0%, 330 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $187.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.77.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $823.3 million. The average EPS estimate is $3.59.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 71 members out of 80 rating the stock outperform, and nine members rating it underperform. Among 24 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 24 give Innospec a green thumbs-up, and give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Innospec is buy, with an average price target of $46.00.

Looking for alternatives to Innospec? It takes more than great companies to build a fortune for the future. Learn the basic financial habits of millionaires next door and get focused stock ideas in our free report, "3 Stocks That Will Help You Retire Rich." Click here for instant access to this free report.

Seth Jayson had no position in any company mentioned here at the time of publication. You can view his stock holdings here. He is co-advisor of Motley Fool Hidden Gems, which provides new small-cap ideas every month, backed by a real-money portfolio. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.


Read/Post Comments (0) | Recommend This Article (0)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Sponsored Links

Leaked: Apple's Next Smart Device
(Warning, it may shock you)
The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

DocumentId: 2415847, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 12/22/2014 10:09:35 AM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...


Advertisement