The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Marten Transport missed estimates on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
Marten Transport logged revenue of $151.5 million. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $156.0 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 9.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $137.9 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 $0.25. The six earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.23 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.25 for Q1 were 32% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.19 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 22.1%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.3%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.6%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $164.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.33.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $658.9 million. The average EPS estimate is $1.31.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 35 members out of 45 rating the stock outperform, and 10 members rating it underperform. Among 15 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 12 give Marten Transport a green thumbs-up, and three give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Marten Transport is outperform, with an average price target of $23.20.
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