The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q2), Rock-Tenn met expectations on revenue and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly and GAAP earnings per share shrank significantly.
Margins dropped across the board.
Rock-Tenn reported revenue of $2.28 billion. The nine analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted sales of $2.27 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were much higher than the prior-year quarter's $792.9 million.
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 $0.97. The 12 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.87 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $0.44 for Q2 were 53% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.93 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 15.8%, 520 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.7%, 410 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.4%, 330 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $2.35 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.07.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $9.35 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.83.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 182 members out of 192 rating the stock outperform, and 10 members rating it underperform. Among 38 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 36 give Rock-Tenn a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Rock-Tenn is outperform, with an average price target of $77.23.
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