Mead Johnson Nutrition
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q3), Mead Johnson Nutrition missed estimates on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped slightly and GAAP earnings per share shrank.
Margins dropped across the board.
Mead Johnson Nutrition reported revenue of $921.3 million. The 12 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ looked for revenue of $976.9 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 1.3% lower than the prior-year quarter's $933.9 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 $0.71. The 15 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.72 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.69 for Q3 were 1.4% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.70 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 61.2%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 20.9%, 210 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 15.2%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $987.5 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.72.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $3.97 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.10.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 77 members out of 91 rating the stock outperform, and 14 members rating it underperform. Among 27 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 21 give Mead Johnson Nutrition a green thumbs-up, and six give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Mead Johnson Nutrition is outperform, with an average price target of $80.36.
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