Six Flags Entertainment
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Six Flags Entertainment beat expectations on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP loss per share grew.
Margins improved across the board.
Six Flags Entertainment tallied revenue of $137.6 million. The four analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for a top line of $126.3 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 13% higher than the prior-year quarter's $121.8 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 -$1.85. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted -$0.86 per share. GAAP EPS were -$1.85 for Q4 compared to -$1.70 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 42.2%, 470 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -23.6%, 1,050 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -74.2%, 370 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $62.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$1.36.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.05 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.58.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 29 members out of 38 rating the stock outperform, and nine members rating it underperform. Among 11 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), seven give Six Flags Entertainment a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Six Flags Entertainment is outperform, with an average price target of $43.17.
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