The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Perficient met expectations on revenues and whiffed on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly and GAAP earnings per share expanded significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
Perficient logged revenue of $70.4 million. The four analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $70.0 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 26% higher than the prior-year quarter's $55.9 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 $0.09. The four earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.12 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.09 for Q4 were 80% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.05 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 30.3%, 180 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.1%, 140 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.9%, 160 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $70.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.11.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $310.6 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.64.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 511 members out of 529 rating the stock outperform, and 18 members rating it underperform. Among 147 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 146 give Perficient a green thumbs-up, and one gives it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Perficient is buy, with an average price target of $15.25.
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