The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Jan. 1 (Q4), GEO Group met expectations on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded and GAAP earnings per share dropped significantly.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins expanded, net margins contracted.
GEO Group logged revenue of $406.5 million. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $407.1 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 8.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $374.4 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 $0.39. The seven earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.40 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.30 for Q4 were 19% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.37 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 24.7%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.2%, 480 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.6%, 170 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $413.9 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.37.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.69 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.66.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on GEO Group is buy, with an average price target of $27.08.
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