The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), AMERIGROUP beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue improved and GAAP earnings per share dropped significantly.
Margins shrank across the board.
AMERIGROUP chalked up revenue of $1.65 billion. The 13 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated revenue of $1.62 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 9.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.50 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 $0.67. The 16 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.62 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.66 for Q4 were 58% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.59 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 15.5%, 430 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 3.6%, 510 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.0%, 330 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.82 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.63.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $8.70 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.98.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on AMERIGROUP is outperform, with an average price target of $63.56.
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