The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended July 31 (Q3), Nordson beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins improved, net margins dropped.
Nordson booked revenue of $379.9 million. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $357.3 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 22% higher than the prior-year quarter's $312.3 million.
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 $1.06. The nine earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.99 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.03 for Q3 were 26% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.82 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 58.8%, 140 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 25.9%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 17.6%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $417.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.02.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.39 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.53.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 155 members out of 163 rating the stock outperform, and eight members rating it underperform. Among 40 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 37 give Nordson a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Nordson is outperform, with an average price target of $62.60.
- Add Nordson to My Watchlist.
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 positions in the stocks mentioned above. 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.