The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Cott missed estimates on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share dropped to a loss.
Margins dropped across the board.
Cott recorded revenue of $549.2 million. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw sales of $560.6 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 4.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $525.1 million.
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 -$0.05. The seven earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.04 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were -$0.13 for Q4 against $0.13 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 9.4%, 290 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 1.4%, 200 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -2.2%, 460 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $555.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.09.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.43 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.68.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 162 members out of 264 rating the stock outperform, and 102 members rating it underperform. Among 79 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 51 give Cott a green thumbs-up, and 28 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Cott is outperform, with an average price target of $9.40.
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