The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Titanium Metals missed estimates on revenue and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew significantly and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Gross margin dropped, operating margin increased, and net margin improved.
Titanium Metals reported revenue of $258.7 million. The four analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $275.6 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 19% higher than the prior-year quarter's $217.3 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.16. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.16 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.16 for Q4 were 23% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.13 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 22.2%, 110 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 16.0%, 40 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 11.1%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $278.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.16.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.22 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.75.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS. Among 733 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 721 give Titanium Metals a green thumbs-up, and 12 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Titanium Metals is outperform, with an average price target of $18.50.
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