The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Nov. 30 (Q1), Apollo Group beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped, and earnings per share dropped significantly.
Margins shrank across the board.
Apollo Group logged revenue of $1.2 billion. The 16 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see revenue of $1.2 billion. Sales were 11% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.3 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.28. The 18 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $1.17 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $1.14 for Q1 were 29% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.61 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 61.2%, 440 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 24.3%, 670 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 12.7%, 500 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods.
What does the future hold?
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $947 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.42.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $4.3 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.44.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 812 members out of 959 rating the stock outperform, and 147 members rating it underperform. Among 280 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 223 give Apollo Group a green thumbs-up, and 57 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Apollo Group is outperform, with an average price target of $54.77.
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