The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Olin beat expectations on revenue and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue improved significantly, and GAAP earnings per share improved significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
Olin booked revenue of $445.8 million. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated sales of $417.9 million. Sales were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $385.4 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.25. The nine earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.22 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.23 for Q4 were much higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.02 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 17.4%, 130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.2%, 190 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.2%, 370 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $485.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.45.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.01 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.93.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 552 members out of 568 rating the stock outperform, and 16 members rating it underperform. Among 138 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 137 give Olin a green thumbs-up, and one gives it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Olin is hold, with an average price target of $23.89.
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