The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Sotheby's missed estimates on revenues and whiffed on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue shrank and GAAP earnings per share shrank significantly.
Margins dropped across the board.
Sotheby's recorded revenue of $284.2 million. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see sales of $297.1 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 11% lower than the prior-year quarter's $318.0 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 $1.04. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $1.28 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $1.03 for Q4 were 24% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.35 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 64.5%, 110 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 42.0%, 690 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 25.1%, 520 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $91.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.17.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $835.8 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.41.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 538 members out of 574 rating the stock outperform, and 36 members rating it underperform. Among 210 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 202 give Sotheby's a green thumbs-up, and eight give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Sotheby's is buy, with an average price target of $43.17.
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