The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q1), Griffon met expectations on revenue and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue improved, and GAAP earnings per share expanded.
Margins grew across the board.
Griffon notched revenue of $451.0 million. The two analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see a top line of $454.8 million. Sales were 8.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $414.4 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.07. The two earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.05 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were $0.04 for Q1 compared to -$0.03 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 22.8%, 160 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.4%, 260 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 0.6%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $510.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.10.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.94 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.41.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 48 members out of 63 rating the stock outperform, and 15 members rating it underperform. Among 19 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 15 give Griffon a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Griffon is buy, with an average price target of $12.00.
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