The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q1), Hillenbrand missed estimates on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins dropped, net margins grew.
Hillenbrand booked revenue of $232.0 million. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $239.7 million. Sales were 9.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $211.0 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.40. The two earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.36 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.50 for Q1 were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.43 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 40.5%, 270 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.2%, 600 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 13.5%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $262.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.58.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $997.6 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.84.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 338 members out of 345 rating the stock outperform, and seven members rating it underperform. Among 122 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 121 give Hillenbrand a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Hillenbrand is outperform, with an average price target of $27.00.
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