The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Websense missed slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased, and GAAP earnings per share improved significantly.
Margins improved across the board.
Websense logged revenue of $92.7 million. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see revenue of $94.4 million. Sales were 7.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $86.4 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.44. The 13 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.43 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.27 for Q4 were 26% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.21 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 83.9%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.4%, 550 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 11.2%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $92.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.39.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $379.5 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.69.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 89 members out of 106 rating the stock outperform, and 17 members rating it underperform. Among 27 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 27 give Websense a green thumbs-up, and give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Websense is hold, with an average price target of $21.13.
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