The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Travelers met expectations on revenues and missed slightly on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and earnings per share dropped significantly.
Margins contracted across the board.
Travelers logged revenue of $5.6 billion. The 10 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $5.6 billion. Sales were 0.3% lower than the prior-year quarter's $5.4 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.48. The 22 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $1.50 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $1.57 for Q4 were 19% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.95 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 27.9%, 720 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 13.7%, 750 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.7%, 430 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $5.7 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.50.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $23 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.73.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 400 members out of 436 rating the stock outperform, and 36 members rating it underperform. Among 137 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 129 give Travelers a green thumbs-up, and eight give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Travelers is outperform, with an average price target of $61.22.
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