New Jersey Resources
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q1), New Jersey Resources whiffed on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue contracted, and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins grew across the board.
New Jersey Resources logged revenue of $642.4 million. The two analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for revenue of $743.3 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 9.9% lower than the prior-year quarter's $713.2 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 $1.09. The four earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.73 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $1.38 for Q1 were 134% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.59 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 15.4%, 570 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 11.7%, 610 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.9%, 550 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.01 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.60.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.16 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.69.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 73 members rating the stock outperform and 12 members rating it underperform. Among 31 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 28 give New Jersey Resources a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on New Jersey Resources is hold, with an average price target of $43.60.
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