Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded and GAAP earnings per share improved.
Margins dropped across the board.
Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings reported revenue of $1.37 billion. The 21 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $1.38 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 5.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.30 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 $1.43. The 15 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $1.40 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $1.34 for Q4 were 7.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.25 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 40.2%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 18.9%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.9%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.41 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.57.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $5.73 billion. The average EPS estimate is $6.52.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 684 members out of 702 rating the stock outperform, and 19 members rating it underperform. Among 240 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 238 give Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings is hold, with an average price target of $93.23.
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