The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Sturm, Ruger crushed expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue improved significantly and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins improved across the board.
Sturm, Ruger logged revenue of $93.2 million. The one analyst polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw revenue of $74.3 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 45% higher than the prior-year quarter's $64.1 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 $0.54. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.46 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.54 for Q4 were 86% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.29 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 32.4%, 170 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 16.8%, 470 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 11.3%, 240 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.58.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $345.3 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.34.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 411 members out of 441 rating the stock outperform, and 30 members rating it underperform. Among 115 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 113 give Sturm, Ruger a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.
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