The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q2), Sara Lee met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue shrank and GAAP earnings per share contracted significantly.
Margins contracted across the board.
Sara Lee logged revenue of $2.08 billion. The nine analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $2.11 billion. Sales were 11% lower than the prior-year quarter's $2.35 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.27. The 13 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.25 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.78 for Q2 were 40% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.29 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 33.4%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.6%, 100 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 22.5%, 1,290 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.95 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.25.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $8.12 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.92.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Sara Lee is outperform, with an average price target of $19.50.
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