The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Allegiant Travel met expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly and GAAP earnings per share dropped.
Margins dropped across the board.
Allegiant Travel reported revenue of $193.9 million. The 13 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected net sales of $192.5 million. Sales were 20% higher than the prior-year quarter's $162.0 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
EPS came in at $0.56. The 14 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.56 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.56 for Q4 were 13% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.64 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 22.2%, 360 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.4%, 250 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.6%, 200 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $229.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.03.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $938.8 million. The average EPS estimate is $3.87.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 164 members rating the stock outperform, and 41 members rating it underperform. Among CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 47 give Allegiant Travel a green thumbs-up, and 13 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Allegiant Travel is outperform, with an average price target of $58.00.
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