The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Neenah Paper missed estimates on revenues and crushed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased and GAAP earnings per share expanded significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
Neenah Paper booked revenue of $198.2 million. The one analyst polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $206.0 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $172.7 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 $0.77. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.62 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.54 for Q1 were 23% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.44 per share. (The prior-year quarter included -$0.01 per share in earnings from discontinued operations.)
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 21.1%, 190 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 11.2%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.5%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $223 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.70.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $787.6 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.46.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 113 members rating the stock outperform and 15 members rating it underperform. Among 44 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 42 give Neenah Paper 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 Neenah Paper is outperform, with an average price target of $35.00.
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