The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), Harsco missed estimates on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped and GAAP earnings per share contracted significantly.
Gross margin expanded, but operating margin shrank and net margin shrank.
Harsco logged revenue of $770.6 million. The six analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $816.7 million on the same basis. GAAP-reported sales were 12% lower than the prior-year quarter's $875.1 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 $0.43. The seven earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.35 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.16 for Q2 were 65% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.46 per share. (The prior-year quarter included -$0.01 per share in earnings from discontinued operations.)
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 24.1%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 4.5%, 290 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.6%, 270 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $831.4 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.46.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.2 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.32.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 277 members rating the stock outperform and 10 members rating it underperform. Among 64 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 62 give Harsco a green thumbs-up, and two give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Harsco is outperform, with an average price target of $27.00.
Can your retirement portfolio provide you with enough income to last? You'll need more than Harsco. Learn about crafting a smarter retirement plan in "The Shocking Can't-Miss Truth About Your Retirement." Click here for instant access to this free report.
- Add Harsco to My Watchlist.
Seth Jayson had no position in any company mentioned here at the time of publication. You can view his stock holdings here. He is co-advisor of Motley Fool Hidden Gems, which provides new small-cap ideas every month, backed by a real-money portfolio. The Motley Fool has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.
More from The Motley Fool
Expectation-Trouncing Earnings Have Harsco Corporation's Stock Jumping Today
The industrial-services company also increased its full-year guidance.
Preliminary Results Send Harsco Corporation’s Stock Soaring
Investors focused on the good news.
Here's Why Harsco Corporation's Stock is Getting Hammered Today
A disappearing dividend and a dim outlook were to blame.