Thomas & Betts
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Thomas & Betts beat expectations on revenue and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased, and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
Thomas & Betts reported revenue of $603.6 million. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted net sales of $589.9 million. Sales were 13% higher than the prior-year quarter's $532.5 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.00. The 10 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.90 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $1.08 for Q4 were 41% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.76 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 32.1%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 13.0%, 210 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.4%, 190 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $562.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.86.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.44 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.95.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 218 members out of 228 rating the stock outperform, and 10 members rating it underperform. Among 84 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 82 give Thomas & Betts 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 Thomas & Betts is outperform, with an average price target of $56.56.
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