The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended March 31 (Q1), Sykes Enterprises beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared with the prior-year quarter, revenue contracted and GAAP earnings per share dropped to a loss.
Gross margins improved, operating margins were steady, net margins contracted.
Sykes Enterprises notched revenue of $278.1 million. The eight analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ hoped for revenue of $271.9 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 10% lower than the prior-year quarter's $310.2 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 $0.32. The 10 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.22 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.02 for Q1 against $0.28 per share for the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 35.8%, 150 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.3%, about the same as the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -0.3%, 450 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $273.6 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.21.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $1.10 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.15.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 141 members out of 152 rating the stock outperform, and 11 members rating it underperform. Among 38 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 34 give Sykes Enterprises a green thumbs-up, and four give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Sykes Enterprises is outperform, with an average price target of $18.43.
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