T. Rowe Price Group
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), T. Rowe Price Group beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew, and GAAP earnings per share contracted.
Gross margins grew, operating margins dropped, and net margins dropped.
T. Rowe Price Group reported revenue of $671.6 million. The 12 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $664.6 million. Sales were 3.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $647.5 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.73. The 21 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.69 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.71 for Q4 were 1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.72 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 97%, 3,150 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 43.7%, 260 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 28.1%, 150 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $687.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.73.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.86 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.13.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 372 members out of 396 rating the stock outperform, and 24 members rating it underperform. Among 119 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 112 give T. Rowe Price Group a green thumbs-up, and seven give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on T. Rowe Price Group is hold, with an average price target of $56.76.
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