The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended April 30 (Q2), Sanderson Farms beat slightly on revenues and crushed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly and GAAP earnings per share expanded.
Margins expanded across the board.
Sanderson Farms logged revenue of $595.0 million. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $586.6 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 24% higher than the prior-year quarter's $479.3 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 $1.04. The eight earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.85 per share. GAAP EPS were $1.04 for Q2 compared to -$0.74 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 9.9%, 1,120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 6.9%, 1,170 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 4.0%, 740 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $608.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.24.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $2.32 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.20.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 223 members out of 241 rating the stock outperform, and 18 members rating it underperform. Among 61 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 54 give Sanderson Farms 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 Sanderson Farms is hold, with an average price target of $50.17.
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