The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Polaris Industries beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue improved significantly, and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Margins dropped across the board.
Polaris Industries logged revenue of $782 million. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for sales of $757.7 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 27% higher than the prior-year quarter's $622.7 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 $0.90. The 11 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.88 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.90 for Q4 were 17% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.77 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 26.9%, 220 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.0%, 140 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.1%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $609.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.76.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.94 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.85.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 187 members rating the stock outperform and 27 members rating it underperform. Among 69 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 64 give Polaris Industries 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 Polaris Industries is outperform, with an average price target of $72.
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