The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Magna International beat slightly on revenues and crushed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased, and GAAP earnings per share improved significantly.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins expanded, and net margins improved.
Magna International reported revenue of $7.25 billion. The nine analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see revenue of $7.16 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 9.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $6.60 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 $1.46. The 16 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $1.01 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $1.32 for Q4 were 48% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.89 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 11.6%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 3.6%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.3%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $7.29 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.16.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $28.96 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.59.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 168 members rating the stock outperform and 20 members rating it underperform. Among 56 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 52 give Magna International a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Magna International is outperform, with an average price target of $51.56.
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