The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Jan. 28 (Q4), Buckle beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded and GAAP earnings per share improved.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins expanded, net margins expanded.
Buckle logged revenue of $337.1 million. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw revenue of $331.1 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 11% higher than the prior-year quarter's $303.1 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 $1.18. The 10 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $1.14 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.18 for Q4 were 12% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.05 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 65.2%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 26.1%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 16.6%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $262.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.76.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.14 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.42.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 480 members out of 540 rating the stock outperform, and 60 members rating it underperform. Among 165 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 150 give Buckle a green thumbs-up, and 15 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Buckle is hold, with an average price target of $42.86.
Over the decades, small-cap stocks, like Buckle 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 Buckle 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. 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.
More from The Motley Fool
Why Buckle, Insys Therapeutics, and United Natural Foods Slumped Today
The market rose today, but these stocks fell. Find out why.
Down 70% Since 2015, Can Buckle Inc Win Back Investors With Special Dividends?
The company has compensated for poor stock returns with a sizable yield and annual special dividend payments.
These 3 Dividend Stocks Could Slash Their Payouts
There is a very real chance that Seadrill Partners, Suburban Propane Partners, and The Buckle will see payout cuts soon.