The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Jan. 29 (Q4), Williams-Sonoma beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue improved and GAAP earnings per share improved.
Margins expanded across the board.
Williams-Sonoma logged revenue of $1.27 billion. The 20 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see revenue of $1.25 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 6.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.20 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $1.17. The 24 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $1.13 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.17 for Q4 were 10% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.06 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 41.3%, 1,530 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.6%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.7%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $808.3 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.32.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.93 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.44.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 207 members out of 304 rating the stock outperform, and 97 members rating it underperform. Among 94 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 73 give Williams-Sonoma a green thumbs-up, and 21 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Williams-Sonoma is outperform, with an average price target of $39.25.
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