The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), LKQ beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared with the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly and GAAP earnings per share expanded significantly.
Gross margins dropped, operating margins dropped, net margins expanded.
LKQ recorded revenue of $1.03 billion. The nine analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see revenue of $1.00 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 31% higher than the prior-year quarter's $786.6 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 $0.50. The nine earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.47 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.54 for Q1 were 38% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.39 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 43.4%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 13.0%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 7.8%, 40 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $980.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.43.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.97 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.82.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 313 members out of 328 rating the stock outperform, and 15 members rating it underperform. Among 86 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 83 give LKQ 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 LKQ is outperform, with an average price target of $35.45.
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