The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Monster Beverage beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew significantly and GAAP earnings per share improved significantly.
Margins improved across the board.
Monster Beverage chalked up revenue of $454.6 million. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $447.1 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 28% higher than the prior-year quarter's $356.4 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 $0.41. The nine earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.38 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.41 for Q1 were 37% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.30 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 53.1%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 27.8%, 300 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 16.7%, 130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $575.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.58.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.05 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.99.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,780 members out of 1,924 rating the stock outperform, and 144 members rating it underperform. Among 566 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 539 give Monster Beverage a green thumbs-up, and 27 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Monster Beverage is outperform, with an average price target of $61.19.
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