The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Quanta Services beat expectations on revenues and earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew significantly and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins expanded across the board.
Quanta Services recorded revenue of $1.51 billion. The 17 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for revenue of $1.39 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 37% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.11 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 $0.36. The 15 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.35 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.32 for Q4 were 113% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.15 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 15.4%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.3%, 240 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.4%, 140 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.27 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.16.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $5.26 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.13.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 480 members out of 498 rating the stock outperform, and 18 members rating it underperform. Among 141 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 136 give Quanta Services 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 Quanta Services is outperform, with an average price target of $26.21.
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