The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Herbalife beat expectations on revenue and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Margins improved across the board.
Herbalife logged revenue of $884.6 million. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw revenue of $856.6 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 20% higher than the prior-year quarter's $738.4 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 $0.86. The 10 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.72 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.86 for Q4 were 146% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.35 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 80.7%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.2%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 11.9%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $875.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.78.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.76 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.49.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 352 members out of 475 rating the stock outperform, and 123 members rating it underperform. Among 153 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 106 give Herbalife a green thumbs-up, and 47 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Herbalife is buy, with an average price target of $69.50.
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