The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), O'Reilly Automotive beat expectations on revenues and earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins grew across the board.
O'Reilly Automotive logged revenue of $1.53 billion. The 18 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for a top line of $1.49 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 11% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.38 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 $1.14. The 21 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $1.04 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.14 for Q1 were 58% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.72 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 49.8%, 140 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 16.2%, 200 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.6%, 220 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.59 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.19.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $6.26 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.67.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 269 members out of 287 rating the stock outperform, and 18 members rating it underperform. Among 96 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 90 give O'Reilly Automotive a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on O'Reilly Automotive is outperform, with an average price target of $88.71.
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