The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Roper Industries missed estimates on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded and GAAP earnings per share grew.
Margins improved across the board.
Roper Industries tallied revenue of $739.2 million. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for a top line of $760.4 million. Sales were 8.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $679.5 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
EPS came in at $1.23. The 10 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $1.21 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.23 for Q4 were 11% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.11 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 54.9%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 25.3%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 16.5%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $701.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.04.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.03 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.72.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 122 members rating the stock outperform, and seven members rating it underperform. Among CAPS All-Stars (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 41 give Roper Industries a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Roper Industries is outperform, with an average price target of $86.91.
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