The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q2), Clorox beat slightly on revenue and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share expanded significantly.
Gross margins contracted, operating margins grew, and net margins grew.
Clorox booked revenue of $1.22 billion. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $1.20 billion. Sales were 3.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.18 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
EPS came in at $0.79. The 16 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.69 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.79 for Q2 were 394% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.16 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 41.5%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.7%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.6%, 680 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.33 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.03.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $5.36 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.06.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 815 members rating the stock outperform, and 39 members rating it underperform. Among 282 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 276 give Clorox a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Clorox is hold, with an average price target of $68.15.
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