Corn Products International
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Corn Products International missed estimates on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue improved and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Gross margins contracted, operating margins increased, net margins improved.
Corn Products International logged revenue of $1.55 billion. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw revenue of $1.62 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 10.0% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.41 billion.
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 $1.11. The 10 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $1.11 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $1.22 for Q4 were 82% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.67 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 18.1%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 11.0%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.1%, 240 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.57 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.21.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $6.80 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.15.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 324 members out of 346 rating the stock outperform, and 22 members rating it underperform. Among 106 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 96 give Corn Products International a green thumbs-up, and 10 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Corn Products International is outperform, with an average price target of $63.63.
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