The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Sprint Nextel met expectations on revenues and exceeded expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased and GAAP loss per share expanded.
Margins shrank across the board.
Sprint Nextel notched revenue of $8.73 billion. The 23 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $8.72 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 5.1% higher than the prior-year quarter's $8.31 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at -$0.35. The 15 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted -$0.39 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS were -$0.29 for Q1 compared to -$0.15 per share for 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 41.8%, 530 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -2.9%, 600 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -9.9%, 460 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $8.72 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.37.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $35.18 billion. The average EPS estimate is -$1.33.
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Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Sprint Nextel is hold, with an average price target of $3.67.
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