The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Blackbaud missed estimates on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue improved and GAAP earnings per share contracted significantly.
Margins dropped across the board.
Blackbaud tallied revenue of $95.0 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $99.1 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 9.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $87.0 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 $0.27. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.29 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.14 for Q4 were 30% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.20 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 55.7%, 270 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 13.0%, 230 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.7%, 310 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $97.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.20.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $427.2 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.15.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 92 members out of 107 rating the stock outperform, and 15 members rating it underperform. Among 44 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 38 give Blackbaud a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Blackbaud is outperform, with an average price target of $30.25.
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