The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q3), Solera Holdings met expectations on revenues and earnings per share.
Compared with the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share shrank significantly.
Margins contracted across the board.
Solera Holdings booked revenue of $198.0 million. The nine analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $196.5 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 13% higher than the prior-year quarter's $175.5 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 $0.70. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.69 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.38 for Q3 were 66% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.13 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 68.6%, 260 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 29.7%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 13.5%, 3,210 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $196.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.66.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $788.3 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.72.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 58 members out of 75 rating the stock outperform, and 17 members rating it underperform. Among 20 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 15 give Solera Holdings a green thumbs-up, and five give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Solera Holdings is outperform, with an average price target of $53.08.
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