The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q1), AmeriGas Partners missed on revenues and whiffed on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue shrank slightly, and earnings per share dropped significantly.
Margins dropped across the board.
AmeriGas Partners chalked up revenue of $683.8 million. The four analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $715.1 million. Sales were 2.3% lower than the prior-year quarter's $700.2 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
EPS came in at $0.55. The four earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $1.12 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.55 for Q1 were 48% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.06 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 35.1%, 270 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.8%, 430 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.2%, 450 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.31 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $2.25.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.13 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.23.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 193 members out of 211 rating the stock outperform, and 18 members rating it underperform. Among 68 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 63 give AmeriGas Partners 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 AmeriGas Partners is hold, with an average price target of $45.43.
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