The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), CenturyLink met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue improved significantly and GAAP earnings per share contracted significantly.
Margins dropped across the board.
CenturyLink notched revenue of $4.61 billion. The 15 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw net sales of $4.61 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were much higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.70 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 $0.68. The 15 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.58 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.32 for Q1 were 54% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.69 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 59.3%, 650 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.2%, 1,530 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.3%, 810 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $4.58 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.60.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $18.27 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.44.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 531 members out of 573 rating the stock outperform, and 42 members rating it underperform. Among 170 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 155 give CenturyLink a green thumbs-up, and 15 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on CenturyLink is outperform, with an average price target of $43.39.
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