The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Werner Enterprises met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded, and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
Werner Enterprises logged revenue of $507.9 million. The 16 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see revenue of $504.3 million. Sales were 9.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $463.2 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
EPS came in at $0.40. The 22 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.39 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.40 for Q4 were 21% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.33 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 52.4%, 2,640 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.7%, 150 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.8%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $494.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.29.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.10 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.60.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 51 members out of 76 rating the stock outperform, and 25 members rating it underperform. Among 27 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 15 give Werner Enterprises a green thumbs-up, and 12 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Werner Enterprises is outperform, with an average price target of $26.84.
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