The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Franklin Electric missed slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue improved and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Gross margins increased, operating margins shrank, net margins improved.
Franklin Electric booked revenue of $187.2 million. The one analyst polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $190.7 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 7.0% higher than the prior-year quarter's $175.0 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 $0.50. The two earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.49 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.49 for Q4 were 44% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.34 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 32.5%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 8.5%, 150 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 6.2%, 160 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $197.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.52.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $875.0 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.92.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 56 members out of 70 rating the stock outperform, and 14 members rating it underperform. Among 21 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 15 give Franklin Electric a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Franklin Electric is hold, with an average price target of $50.00.
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