The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Seacor Holdings beat expectations on revenue and whiffed on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue shrank and GAAP earnings per share contracted significantly.
Gross margin expanded, operating margin expanded, and net margin dropped.
Seacor Holdings chalked up revenue of $561.8 million. The two analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $548.5 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 3.2% lower than the prior-year quarter's $580.4 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 $0.63. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $1.20 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.79 for Q4 were 38% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.27 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 23.2%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 7.5%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.0%, 170 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $559.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.21.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.34 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.86.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 108 members out of 113 rating the stock outperform, and five members rating it underperform. Among 33 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 32 give Seacor Holdings a green thumbs-up, and one gives it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Seacor Holdings is hold, with an average price target of $95.00.
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