The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Scientific Games beat slightly on revenues and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased and GAAP loss per share shrank.
Gross margins were steady, operating margins dropped, and net margins expanded.
Scientific Games booked revenue of $239.1 million. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $235.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 13% higher than the prior-year quarter's $212.1 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 six earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.09 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were -$0.09 for Q4 versus -$1.74 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 43.2%, about the same as the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.4%, 220 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -3.6%, 7,110 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $227.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $976.1 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.37.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 145 members out of 163 rating the stock outperform, and 18 members rating it underperform. Among 40 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 35 give Scientific Games a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Scientific Games is outperform, with an average price target of $12.90.
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