The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Nov. 30 (Q1), Greenbrier Companies missed slightly on revenues and crushed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly, and earnings per share grew.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins increased, net margins increased.
Greenbrier Companies reported revenue of $398 million. The nine analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for revenue of $404 million. Sales were 98% higher than the prior-year quarter's $201 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
EPS came in at $0.48. The 11 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.36 per share. GAAP EPS were $0.48 for Q1 versus -$0.11 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 11.7%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.8%, 170 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.6%, 470 basis points better 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 $437 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.45.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.8 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.09.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 196 members out of 220 rating the stock outperform, and 24 members rating it underperform. Among 71 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 61 give Greenbrier Companies a green thumbs-up, and 10 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Greenbrier Companies is buy, with an average price target of $30.56.
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