The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), AptarGroup missed estimates on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded slightly and GAAP earnings per share contracted.
Gross margins were steady, operating margins were steady, net margins contracted.
AptarGroup reported revenue of $544.5 million. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated revenue of $568.8 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 2.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $530.8 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.57. The seven earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.60 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.57 for Q4 were 1.7% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.58 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 32.2%, about the same as the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 11.5%, about the same as the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.1%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $597.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.68.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.45 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.99.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 84 members out of 89 rating the stock outperform, and five members rating it underperform. Among 31 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 30 give AptarGroup a green thumbs-up, and one gives it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on AptarGroup is hold, with an average price target of $53.00.
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