The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q3), FleetCor Technologies beat expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased significantly and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Gross margins grew, operating margins shrank, net margins increased.
FleetCor Technologies reported revenue of $186.9 million. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw sales of $176.7 million on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 39% higher than the prior-year quarter's $134.2 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 $0.83. The six earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.73 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.69 for Q3 were 44% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.48 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 76.7%, 220 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 45.9%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 31.9%, 170 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $175.0 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.72.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $670.1 million. The average EPS estimate is $2.80.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 18 members out of 20 rating the stock outperform, and two members rating it underperform. Among one CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), one give FleetCor Technologies a green thumbs-up, and give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on FleetCor Technologies is hold, with an average price target of $43.50.
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