The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), ManpowerGroup met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded, and GAAP earnings per share improved.
Gross margins contracted, operating margins improved, net margins improved.
ManpowerGroup booked revenue of $5.48 billion. The nine analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $5.54 billion. Sales were 5.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $5.21 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.98. The 14 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.87 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were $0.78 for Q4 versus -$4.30 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 17.1%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 2.4%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.2%, 790 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $5.01 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.38.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $21.77 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.19.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on ManpowerGroup is outperform, with an average price target of $54.71.
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