American States Water
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), American States Water missed estimates on revenue and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue shrank and GAAP earnings per share contracted significantly.
Margins dropped across the board.
American States Water tallied revenue of $95.2 million. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $102.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 8.2% lower than the prior-year quarter's $103.7 million.
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 $0.35. The five earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.40 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.35 for Q4 were 27% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.48 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 62.7%, 570 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 16.3%, 650 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.0%, 180 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $98.8 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.39.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $432.6 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.26.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 124 members out of 130 rating the stock outperform, and six members rating it underperform. Among 32 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 31 give American States Water a green thumbs-up, and one gives it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on American States Water is outperform, with an average price target of $39.50.
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