The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Roper Industries met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins improved across the board.
Roper Industries recorded revenue of $711.1 million. The seven analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated revenue of $705.4 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 10% higher than the prior-year quarter's $645.3 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 $1.09. The seven earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $1.04 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.09 for Q1 were 20% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.91 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 55.0%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 24.0%, 200 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 15.2%, 140 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $753.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.19.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.02 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.77.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 119 members out of 127 rating the stock outperform, and eight members rating it underperform. Among 40 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 37 give Roper Industries 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 Roper Industries is outperform, with an average price target of $97.00.
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