The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q1), Destination Maternity missed on revenue and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue improved slightly, and earnings per share dropped significantly.
Margins contracted across the board.
Destination Maternity notched revenue of $136.4 million. The two analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $140.3 million. Sales were 0.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $135.4 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
EPS came in at $0.17. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.16 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.17 for Q1 were 58% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.41 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 51.0%, 290 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 3.3%, 370 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.7%, 220 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $134.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.29.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $556.1 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.45.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 67 members out of 90 rating the stock outperform, and 23 members rating it underperform. Among 29 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 24 give Destination Maternity a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Destination Maternity is outperform, with an average price target of $18.50.
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