The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q3), General Electric missed slightly on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew slightly and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Gross margins contracted, operating margins grew, net margins grew.
General Electric reported revenue of $36.35 billion. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $36.97 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 2.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $35.36 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 $0.36. The 14 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.37 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.33 for Q3 were 50% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.22 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 36.2%, 160 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 11.6%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.6%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $39.54 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.44.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $147.50 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.51.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 15,431 members out of 16,476 rating the stock outperform, and 1,045 members rating it underperform. Among 3,082 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 2,925 give General Electric a green thumbs-up, and 157 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on General Electric is outperform, with an average price target of $23.75.
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