The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended April 30 (Q4), Brown-Forman beat expectations on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue improved slightly and GAAP earnings per share contracted significantly.
Gross margins grew, operating margins dropped, net margins contracted.
Brown-Forman notched revenue of $801.3 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated a top line of $780.2 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 1.2% lower than the prior-year quarter's $610.2 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 $0.73. The nine earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.76 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.73 for Q4 were 35% lower than the prior-year quarter's $1.13 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 70.0%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 24.9%, 140 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 17.3%, 990 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $891.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.91.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.80 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.91.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Brown-Forman is hold, with an average price target of $81.00.
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