The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Pinnacle Entertainment met expectations on revenues and crushed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded slightly, and GAAP earnings per share grew.
Margins expanded across the board.
Pinnacle Entertainment logged revenue of $275.8 million. The 16 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see a top line of $278.7 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 3.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $265.7 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 $0.26. The 18 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.10 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were $0.40 for Q4 against -$0.16 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 75.7%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 12.1%, 460 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.1%, 1,290 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $285 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.18.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.21 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.75.
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 120 members rating the stock outperform and 57 members rating it underperform. Among 52 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 37 give Pinnacle Entertainment a green thumbs-up, and 15 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Pinnacle Entertainment is outperform, with an average price target of $15.88.
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