The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Universal Electronics beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased, and GAAP earnings per share improved significantly.
Gross margins grew, operating margins were steady, and net margins grew.
Universal Electronics booked revenue of $117.6 million. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw sales of $116.2 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $102.5 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 $0.40. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.36 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.33 for Q4 were 27% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.26 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 28.4%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.3%, about the same as the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.2%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $109.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.23.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $488.6 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.74.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 110 members rating the stock outperform and six members rating it underperform. Among 40 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 40 give Universal Electronics a green thumbs-up, and none give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Universal Electronics is outperform, with an average price target of $21.42.
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