The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Hexcel beat expectations on revenue and crushed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly, and earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
Hexcel booked revenue of $351.8 million. The 12 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $332.0 million. Sales were 14% higher than the prior-year quarter's $294.5 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.34. The 12 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.27 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.39 for Q3 were 78% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.22 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 24.1%, 240 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 13.9%, 390 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 11.1%, 370 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $360.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.30.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.40 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.22.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 258 members out of 274 rating the stock outperform, and 16 members rating it underperform. Among 76 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 74 give Hexcel a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Hexcel is outperform, with an average price target of $28.43.
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