The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Jan. 31 (Q1), Greif met expectations on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share dropped significantly.
Margins shrank across the board.
Greif logged revenue of $992.7 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for revenue of $1.00 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 5.2% higher than the prior-year quarter's $943.8 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 $0.55. The six earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.58 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.51 for Q1 were 41% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.87 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 18.0%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 6.9%, 140 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 2.4%, 200 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.10 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.78.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $4.50 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.46.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 340 members out of 349 rating the stock outperform, and nine members rating it underperform. Among 113 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 112 give Greif a green thumbs-up, and one give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Greif is outperform, with an average price target of $53.00.
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