The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Jan. 27 (Q1), Valspar met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly and GAAP earnings per share improved significantly.
Margins improved across the board.
Valspar logged revenue of $1.05 billion. The nine analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated revenue of $1.05 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 5.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $842.4 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 $0.84. The 13 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.70 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.58 for Q4 were 71% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.34 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 33.1%, 140 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.2%, 170 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.3%, 230 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $906.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.48.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $4.20 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.01.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Valspar is outperform, with an average price target of $42.08.
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