Heidrick & Struggles International
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Heidrick & Struggles International missed estimates on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue contracted and GAAP earnings per share contracted to a loss.
Gross margins increased, operating margins grew, and net margins dropped.
Heidrick & Struggles International notched revenue of $127.2 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw sales of $134.0 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 4.4% lower than the prior-year quarter's $133.0 million.
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 $0.42. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.40 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were -$0.23 for Q4 versus $0.29 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 33.1%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.3%, 600 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -3.2%, 710 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $111.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.12.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $522.4 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.23.
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 73 members out of 88 rating the stock outperform, and 15 members rating it underperform. Among 31 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 26 give Heidrick & Struggles International 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 Heidrick & Struggles International is hold, with an average price target of $19.25.
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