The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Harley-Davidson beat slightly on revenue and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew, and earnings per share grew.
Gross margins contracted, operating margins increased, and net margins expanded.
Harley-Davidson logged revenue of $1.03 billion. The 13 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for revenue of $1.01 billion. Sales were 9.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $917.1 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.24. The 14 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.23 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were $0.46 for Q4 versus -$0.20 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 31.9%, 230 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.4%, 290 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.9%, 1,320 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.21 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.70.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $4.95 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.73.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,457 members out of 1,866 rating the stock outperform, and 409 members rating it underperform. Among 507 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 435 give Harley-Davidson a green thumbs-up, and 72 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Harley-Davidson is outperform, with an average price target of $43.47.
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