The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Whirlpool missed slightly on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped slightly and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
Whirlpool reported revenue of $4.90 billion. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for revenue of $4.99 billion. Sales were 2.6% lower than the prior-year quarter's $5.04 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.32. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $2.09 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $2.62 for Q4 were 20% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.19 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 14.5%, 350 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.8%, 370 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.2%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $4.49 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.09.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $19.04 billion. The average EPS estimate is $6.01.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 373 members out of 454 rating the stock outperform, and 81 members rating it underperform. Among 122 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 115 give Whirlpool a green thumbs-up, and seven give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Whirlpool is hold, with an average price target of $61.60.
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