The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Sealed Air crushed expectations on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly and GAAP earnings per share dropped to a loss.
Gross margins improved, operating margins dropped, net margins contracted.
Sealed Air reported revenue of $2.05 billion. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated revenue of $1.31 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 70% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.21 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 $0.08. The nine earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.47 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were -$0.23 for Q4 compared to $0.29 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 33.5%, 600 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.1%, 370 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -2.4%, 660 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.91 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.25.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $8.23 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.51.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Sealed Air is outperform, with an average price target of $20.75.
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