Jabil Circuit Beats on Both Top and Bottom Lines

Jabil Circuit (NYSE: JBL  ) reported earnings on June 19. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended May 31 (Q3), Jabil Circuit beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

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

Margins shrank across the board.

Revenue details
Jabil Circuit booked revenue of $4.47 billion. The nine analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for revenue of $4.40 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 5.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $4.25 billion.

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 $0.56. The 10 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.54 per share. Non-GAAP EPS of $0.56 for Q3 were 13% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.64 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.24 for Q3 were 50% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.48 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 7.4%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 3.5%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.1%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $4.55 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.55.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $18.07 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.25.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 384 members out of 420 rating the stock outperform, and 36 members rating it underperform. Among 95 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 91 give Jabil Circuit a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Jabil Circuit is outperform, with an average price target of $23.92.

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  • Report this Comment On June 25, 2013, at 11:51 AM, michaelT2 wrote:

    Hmmm...If a company is doing poorly and their previous outlook reflects their poor expectations, you expect me to be happy about it because they didn't do quite as poorly as they expected? Doing poorly is good news? Why should I invest in company that is doing poorly just because they're not doing as poorly as expected? "Be happy men! The ship isn't sinking quite as fast as we thought it would!" That's good news? I've worked for a company that always had a positive spin on their poor performance - they eventually had to have massive lay offs and now they're out of business...step by step they went the way of the dinosaur. Not all at once...but it did happen. This looks like that to me.

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