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Potlatch Misses on the Top and Bottom Lines

By Seth Jayson - Updated Apr 7, 2017 at 6:49PM

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Just the facts, Fool.

Potlatch (Nasdaq: PCH) reported earnings on Jan. 31. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Potlatch missed estimates on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue contracted significantly and GAAP earnings per share improved significantly.

Margins dropped across the board.

Revenue details
Potlatch logged revenue of $109.9 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw revenue of $117.3 million. Sales were 25% lower than the prior-year quarter's $146.2 million.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.

EPS details
Non-GAAP EPS came in at -$0.01. The six earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.12 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were -$0.04 for Q4 compared to $0.23 per share for the prior-year quarter.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 13.8%, 520 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 1.7%, 670 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -1.3%, 770 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $111.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.18.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $491.2 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.92.

Investor sentiment
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Potlatch is hold, with an average price target of $32.

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