The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Gentex missed estimates on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly, and GAAP earnings per share improved significantly.
Margins dropped across the board.
Gentex booked revenue of $260.3 million. The nine analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected sales of $273.4 million. Sales were 17% higher than the prior-year quarter's $222.1 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.28. The 11 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.30 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.28 for Q4 were 7.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.26 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 34.7%, 110 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 21.4%, 140 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 15.5%, 110 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $289.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.34.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.21 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.38.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 130 members out of 145 rating the stock outperform, and 15 members rating it underperform. Among 30 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 28 give Gentex a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Gentex is outperform, with an average price target of $32.96.
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