The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), Mac-Gray met expectations on revenue and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew slightly and GAAP earnings per share improved.
Margins increased across the board.
Mac-Gray recorded revenue of $82.7 million. The two analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $83.0 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 1.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $81.7 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 $0.07. The two earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.09 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were $0.01 for Q4 against -$0.05 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 30.7%, 40 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 7.2%, 160 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 0.1%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $83.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.14.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $326.2 million. The average EPS estimate is $0.51.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 27 members out of 35 rating the stock outperform, and eight members rating it underperform. Among 10 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), eight give Mac-Gray a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Mac-Gray is outperform, with an average price target of $20.00.
Over the decades, small-cap stocks like Mac-Gray have provided market-beating returns, provided they're value-priced and have solid businesses. Read about a pair of companies with a lock on their markets in "Too Small to Fail: Two Small Caps the Government Won't Let Go Broke." Click here for instant access to this free report.
- Add Mac-Gray to My Watchlist.
Seth Jayson had no position in any company mentioned here at the time of publication. You can view his stock holdings here. He is co-advisor of Motley Fool Hidden Gems, which provides new small-cap ideas every month, backed by a real-money portfolio. The Motley Fool owns shares of Mac-Gray. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.