The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), MetroPCS Communications met expectations on revenue and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share contracted significantly.
Margins shrank across the board.
MetroPCS Communications logged revenue of $1.28 billion. The 25 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $1.29 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 6.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.19 billion.
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 $0.06. The 25 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.18 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.06 for Q1 were 60% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.15 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 33.6%, 350 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 7.8%, 440 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.6%, 310 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.31 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.25.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $5.26 billion. The average EPS estimate is $0.88.
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