The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Jan. 31 (Q1), Agilent Technologies met expectations on revenue and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew, and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Gross margin dropped, operating margin improved, and net margin grew.
Agilent Technologies recorded revenue of $1.64 billion. The 15 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated a top line of $1.65 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 7.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.52 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 $0.69. The 15 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.69 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.65 for Q1 were 20% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.54 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 53.5%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 16.6%, 260 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 14.1%, 140 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.71 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.74.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $6.94 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.18.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 509 members rating the stock outperform and 69 members rating it underperform. Among 147 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 142 give Agilent Technologies a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Agilent Technologies is buy, with an average price target of $48.86.
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