The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Generac Holdings beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly and GAAP earnings per share improved significantly.
Gross margins shrank, operating margins grew, net margins improved.
Generac Holdings reported revenue of $267.3 million. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw revenue of $227.8 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 66% higher than the prior-year quarter's $161.0 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 $0.58. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.41 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $3.91 for Q4 were much higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.28 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 36.8%, 280 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 16.9%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 99.9%, 8,830 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $211.0 million.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $858.1 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.18.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 38 members out of 42 rating the stock outperform, and four members rating it underperform. Among nine CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), nine give Generac Holdings a green thumbs-up, and none give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Generac Holdings is outperform, with an average price target of $25.50.
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