The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended April 29 (Q3), Campbell Soup met expectations on revenue and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue was unchanged and GAAP earnings per share shrank.
Margins shrank across the board.
Campbell Soup tallied revenue of $1.82 billion. The 13 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted revenue of $1.81 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 0.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.81 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 $0.56. The 17 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.52 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.55 for Q3 were 3.5% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.57 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 38.8%, 160 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 14.7%, 530 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.7%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.60 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.38.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $7.70 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.40.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 502 members out of 558 rating the stock outperform, and 56 members rating it underperform. Among 170 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 163 give Campbell Soup a green thumbs-up, and seven give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Campbell Soup is hold, with an average price target of $33.07.
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