The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), LB Foster missed estimates on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue contracted, and GAAP earnings per share stayed the same.
Margins expanded across the board.
LB Foster reported revenue of $137.4 million. The three analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw net sales of $151.8 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 7.1% lower than the prior-year quarter's $148 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 $0.60. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.66 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.60 were the same as 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 21.5%, 600 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.3%, 160 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.4%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $118.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.25.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $600.7 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.77.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 440 members rating the stock outperform and 26 members rating it underperform. Among 104 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 103 give LB Foster 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 LB Foster is outperform, with an average price target of $35.67.
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