The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Columbia Sportswear met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew significantly and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
Columbia Sportswear logged revenue of $526.1 million. The 15 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted net sales of $532.8 million. Sales were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $457.3 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
EPS came in at $1.08. The 12 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $1.07 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.08 for Q4 were 40% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.77 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 42.5%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.6%, 150 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.0%, 130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $361.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.42.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.85 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.37.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 492 members out of 536 rating the stock outperform, and 45 members rating it underperform. Among 205 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 196 give Columbia Sportswear a green thumbs-up, and nine give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Columbia Sportswear is hold, with an average price target of $59.31.
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