The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), DuPont met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue shrank and GAAP earnings per share shrank significantly.
Margins dropped across the board.
DuPont recorded revenue of $7.33 billion. The 10 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected net sales of $7.28 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 12% lower than the prior-year quarter's $8.61 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 $0.11. The 16 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated $0.08 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.12 for Q4 were 70% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.40 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 21.0%, 340 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 2.6%, 400 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.5%, 280 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $10.45 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.51.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $36.16 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.80.
The stock has a five-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,712 members out of 1,822 rating the stock outperform, and 110 members rating it underperform. Among 494 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 481 give DuPont 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 DuPont is hold, with an average price target of $49.15.
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