The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), FMC beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew, and GAAP earnings per share increased.
Gross margins contracted, operating margins grew, and net margins improved.
FMC booked revenue of $908.6 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see sales of $883.3 million. GAAP sales were 12% higher than the prior-year quarter's $810.5 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.58. The 10 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $1.37 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were $1.10 for Q4 compared to -$0.75 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 32.3%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 16.1%, 270 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.6%, 1,520 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $873.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.64.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.63 billion. The average EPS estimate is $6.45.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 392 members rating the stock outperform and 17 members rating it underperform. Among 93 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 89 give FMC a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on FMC is outperform, with an average price target of $97.86.
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