The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Virgin Media met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased slightly and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Margins improved across the board.
Virgin Media booked revenue of $1.59 billion. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $1.59 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 1.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.57 billion.
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 $0.25. The four earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.16 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.25 for Q4 were 47% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.17 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 60.6%, 130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 16.3%, 510 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.7%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.58 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.11.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $6.49 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.77.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Virgin Media is outperform, with an average price target of $32.55.
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