The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended May 31 (Q3), Shaw Group beat expectations on revenue and missed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded and GAAP loss per share dropped.
Margins improved across the board.
Shaw Group booked revenue of $1.56 billion. The 13 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated a top line of $1.49 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 4.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.49 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 -$0.09. The nine earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.58 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.24 for Q3 compared to -$0.89 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 3.6%, 290 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was -0.1%, 400 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -1.0%, 370 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.46 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.23.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $6.01 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.19.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 549 members out of 586 rating the stock outperform, and 37 members rating it underperform. Among 115 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 102 give Shaw Group a green thumbs-up, and 13 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Shaw Group is outperform, with an average price target of $34.57.
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