The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), CBS missed estimates on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue shrank slightly and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
CBS logged revenue of $3.78 billion. The 23 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected sales of $3.91 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 3.0% lower than the prior-year quarter's $3.90 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 $0.57. The 25 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.54 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.55 for Q4 were 38% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.40 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 100.0%, 6,220 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 18.5%, 230 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.8%, 250 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $3.76 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.43.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $15.05 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.35.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 298 members out of 374 rating the stock outperform, and 76 members rating it underperform. Among 133 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 116 give CBS a green thumbs-up, and 17 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on CBS is outperform, with an average price target of $30.70.
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